DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Grand Valley State University in western Michigan is widening its footprint in Detroit with the opening of a downtown complex to help manage the operations of charter schools and other education and business programs.

GVSU will hold a ceremony Wednesday to mark the opening of its center, located next to the Detroit Athletic Club.

The Grand Valley State University Detroit Center will house classrooms for the Grand Valley Charter School Office and its education college, as well as offices of its small business outreach center.

GVSU’s main campus is in  Allendale, Michigan, 12 miles west of Grand Rapids — and the smaller Robert C. Pew Campus is in the heart of Grand Rapids. Classes are also offered in the Meijer Campus in Holland, and at regional locations in Muskegon and Traverse City.

The university manages 52 charter schools in Michigan, and University Vice President Matt McLogan told The Detroit News that will rise to 61 in the fall. Thirty-one of the charter schools are in metro Detroit.

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