Baker College students react to consolidation announcement

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FLINT (WJRT) - (01/11/19) - Big changes are coming for students and staff at Baker College around the state.

The college is consolidating several of its Michigan branches including the Flint campus.

"I mean. I might have to be moving to a different campus,” Baker student Wyatt Metzger said.

Big questions for Flint Baker students after the school announced the changes Thursday.

"I wasn't really expecting for all of them to be consolidating like that I thought maybe one or two,” Baker student Dylan Causley said.

A representative for the college sent ABC 12 the following statement:

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.

"I will be able to get most of this stuff done, and we just have to see what happens after that," Metzger said.

Plans for Baker College Flint to consolidate with Baker's Owosso operations will mean a longer commute for Kyle Lemaster.

"Still going to add another 30 minutes to my regular trip as it is now,” Lemaster said.

Baker is also working to make a more centrally located campus in Metro Detroit and says the new flagship campus will be state-of-the-art.

"So, for me, it is not that big of a hassle. It is just how are they going to change and consolidate it all,” Causley said.