Institute will relocate to new studio complex

Photo by Sue Suchyta

Photo by Sue Suchyta

Allen Park city officials announced Tuesday that Stautzenberger College of Ohio’s Livonia Campus will relocate to the Allen Park Unity Studios site at 16630 Southfield Road, south of I-94. It initially will offer its current classes — in health, wellness and medical courses — in 2010. Over the next year it plans to add courses from an affiliated campus, Madison Media Institute, College of Media Arts.

ALLEN PARK – Stautzenberger College of Ohio will relocate its Livonia campus, Stautzenberger Institute, to the Unity Studios site at 16630 Southfield Road in 2010.

The institute currently offers health care, wellness, and medical programs and plans to expand to complement Unity Studios by offering classes currently available through an affiliated school, the Madison Media Institute, College of Media Arts.

Stautzenberger’s parent company is American Higher Education Development Corp., based in New York. AHED specializes in career-focused training institutes.

Allen Park officials pursued the institute because its parent company offered schools with many types of programs.

Mayor Gary Burtka said AHED offers training institutes that specialize in business management, information technology and the medical field, as well as media and the entertainment industry.

“Stautzenberger was chosen because of the areas of specialization the school offers across its various campuses,” Burtka said. “These fields are growing even in today’s tough economy, and provide good opportunities for jobs for their students.”

Stautzenberger controller Roger Kidd said the move to Allen Park is a welcome one for the Livonia campus.

“The entire complex, along with Unity Studios and Village, offer a unique and ideal setting for Stautzenberger students to learn the entertainment business firsthand,” he said.

City Administrator Eric Waidelich is pleased that young, creative people will have an incentive to stay in the area to help stimulate the southeastern Michigan economy.

“We all understand that restoring prosperity to the region and Michigan requires strategies to keep young, talented people from leaving our state,” he said. “The mayor and the council unanimously agreed that the programs slated to be offered by the college would be attractive to Michigan’s young, creative class and give them the training to succeed in careers that will help restore Michigan’s economic growth.”

On Nov. 6, WAR Entertainment, a Philadelphia-based film and television production company, announced it was relocating to the Unity complex. WAR’s production services business, the Gaff Station, will provide lighting, grip and electronic services for the complex’s training center.

The 104-acre studio and complex is managed by Southfield-based REDICO.