Baker College consolidating campuses; Flint campus closing

Sources familiar with meetings that took place Thursday that Baker College will be consolidating campuses which will cause the Flint campus to close. (Picture from Joel Feick)

Flint Twp., Mich - Multiple sources tell FOX66/NBC25 Baker College will be consolidating campuses, which will cause the Flint campus to close.

Sources familiar with meetings, that were held today, tell us the Auburn Hills, Clinton Township and Allen Park campuses will be consolidating to Ferndale, and the Flint campus will be consolidating to Owosso.

The news was announced to staff during a 2p.m. video conference with CEO Bart Daig, according to our sources.

Baker College was founded in Flint by Eldon Baker in 1911.

According to its website it has 10,000 students, and 1,000 full and part-time faculty.

According to sources staff members are expected to find out next week if they will still have a job.

We reached out to Baker College for a comment. They sent us this statement from President Bart Daig:

We understand rumors have begun circulating regarding potential changes to Baker College and our current campus structure. Some of the details being shared may be accurate, but some may not. Baker College is planning for an official public announcement on Friday, Jan. 11, following important internal meetings and critical communications which are still yet underway. At that time, all available details will be provided and spokespersons made available for comment.


UPDATE:

A Baker College Representative sent us this statement regarding the closures and consolidations:

"Baker College is in the final stages of informing its staff and students of important changes coming soon to the Flint Campus. Baker College Flint will consolidate with Baker’s Owosso operations and consolidate its Southeast Michigan operations into a new, state-of-the art, flagship campus in Metro Detroit.

A thoughtful plan, with a nearly two-year strategic timeline, is underway to consolidate Baker College’s Flint, Allen Park, Auburn Hills and Clinton Township locations. Baker will continue offering courses at these locations through August 2020.

Brick-and-mortar campuses are not obsolete but evolving. By consolidating Flint with Owosso, and the metro Detroit campuses into a proposed central location, we will be able to combine resources and student bodies resulting in a more focused, streamlined enterprise for the next century.

Baker recognizes these changes come with challenges, and did not easily arrive at the decision to consolidate its campuses. Baker College is grateful to all of the communities it has called home, especially Flint, and will make every effort to ensure a smooth transition for all those effected. For students impacted by the consolidation, Baker will be offering generous scholarship packages to support the completion of their educational pursuits.

We look forward to being able to continue serving all of our students, and will be keeping our faculty, students and the community engaged and informed throughout this process."

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