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Member of the Month February 2020: Wayne County Community College District

February 27, 2020
The Detroit Regional Chamber recognizes Wayne County Community College (WCCCD) as its February Member of the Month. WCCCD expanded its footprint and presence as a remarkable pathway to higher education in downtown Detroit with the creation of its new $25 million state-of-the-art facility, the WCCCD Curtis L. Ivery Health and Wellness Education Center (HWEC).

WCCCD broke ground on the 80,0000-square-foot building, situated on Fort and Fifth streets, two years ago. The HWEC is a part of WCCCD’s Central Educational Complex which includes the Downtown Campus and District Office – all named after WCCCD Chancellor Curtis L. Ivery in recognition of his transformational leadership at the community college.

“Dr. Ivery has been recognized nationally with multiple awards, honors, and publications for his longstanding advocacy and work in expanding access to higher education,” said Unbreen Amir, WCCCD assistant to the chancellor for administrative communication. “He has assembled academic, community, business, and government leaders at the table across a series of roundtables and conferences to develop strategies to expand educational equity and economic mobility in our region, and throughout the nation,” said Amir.

Funding on the new health and wellness education center was accomplished entirely from WCCCD’s budget and five-year strategic capital investment plan, said Amir.

“The Curtis L. Ivery Health and Wellness Education Center, for example, was the last project cited in the capital investment plan and was completed on time and under budget,” Amir added. “The District has become a national model for its responsible stewardship of its funds.”

The HEWC, which also houses a 1,200-seating capacity arena, will offer a wide range of career and academic programs centered around nutrition, practical training, wellness consulting, physical therapy, various fitness programs, and sports activities.

“It’s the District’s premier hybrid facility, open for all WCCCD students and the community.”


WCCCD serves more than 60,000 credit and non-credit students across six campus locations. The center is expected to open spring 2020.