Colleges Open Doors In Downtown Lansing

By: Shannon Kantner Email
By: Shannon Kantner Email

It appears downtown Lansing is the place to be for college students.

Davenport University celebrates its grand opening Thursday, while Lansing Community College unveils its large-scale renovations to welcome back students.

Davenport is located at the corner of Allegan and Grand Ave. The remodeled nine-story, 50,000-square-foot structure is designed to eventually support an increased enrollment of up to 2,000 full- and part-time students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees through Davenport's colleges of business, technology and health professions. The new campus features a library, public meeting rooms, faculty offices, high-tech classrooms, and state-of-the-art nursing, technology and science labs. Classrooms feature writable walls, media walls, classrooms with no-fixed-front for enhanced learning, and dividing wall systems that offer flexibility when configuring classroom spaces.

LCC students will find a lot of changes to their campus this fall. After a $31 million renovation, LCC's Arts & Sciences building reopens for classes Thursday. The building features new state-of-the-art science labs, new teaching and learning technology and classrooms, attractive and flexible collaboration space, more study areas, and consolidated student academic support. The original structure was built 45 years ago.

News 10 went on a tour of both facilities to hear from schools adminstrators and spoke with Mayor Virg Bernero about what this means for downtown Lansing.

Watch WILX at 5:00 and 6:00 for Shannon Kantner's full story.


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