Township hopes to work with Baker College to find occupant for campus

The Baker College Flint Campus, located at the corner of Fenton and Bristol Roads. Photo by Lania Rocha

The Baker College Flint Campus, located at the corner of Fenton and Bristol Roads. Photo by Lania Rocha

FLINT TWP. — Baker College will leave its Flint Township Campus in 2020, following an announcement last week the college is consolidating its campuses statewide.

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, according to a statement released by Baker, Jan. 10.

The 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,” a Baker spokesperson said in the emailed statement.

Tracey Tucker, economic enhancement director for Flint Township, said the township is saddened Baker will be leaving the area, calling the college “wonderful community partners.”

“We look forward to working together with Baker and other area leaders to explore the potential uses for the campus and create a plan for achieving the desired outcome,” said Tucker. “Hopefully, we can attain a positive transformation of the property. It is a beautiful campus and we want to work with Baker to make sure the property is maintained and repurposed.”

The statement from Baker acknowledges the changes come with challenges and adds the school 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,” said the Baker spokesperson. “For students impacted by the consolidation, Baker will be offering generous scholarship packages to support the completion of their educational pursuits.”

Baker College’s roots in the community go back 100 years. The campus is located at the corner of Bristol and Fenton roads.

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