The new location of the Metro Detroit Degree Completion Center may be just across the street from the current site, but the move is a significant one for Siena Heights University.
After nearly two years of planning and preparation, the move to 19675 W. 10 Mile Road in Southfield occurred in mid August. The 14,000 square foot space houses nine classrooms and provides more of a “campus” learning environment. Each classroom is equipped with wireless Internet access as well as Smartboard capability.
The new center is much more visible in one respect – a 90-square-foot sign bearing the Siena Heights name was added to the side of the building – something past centers did not have.
Siena Heights has had a presence in the Metro Detroit area since 1975, when it first opened a degree completion center in an old elementary schoolhouse. SHU moved into the existing facility in 1995, and Jeffers said the latest move is another indication Siena Heights is keeping pace with today’s higher education challenges.
Classes began at the new site Aug. 21, and a community open house was conducted Sept. 10. New SHU President Sister Peg Albert, OP, Ph.D., led the ribbon-cutting ceremony.