THE BAKER Early Learning Center, 912 S. Washington, Owosso, as it appeared Sept. 14, 2006, has been sold to Elite Learning Center.

About 50 years ago, it had been used by Consumers Power’s natural gas operations for mechanics and truck storage before the Service Center was constructed on W. M-21 at Chestnut. Later it was purchased by John Wesley College, then when the college’s assets were being sold through bankruptcy court, an investment group purchased it Jan. 5, 1982 for $50,000. About 30 years ago, rentals included a motorcycle club, which led to complaints at City Council meetings about weekend parties and noise. Eventually the city bought it June 9, 1989 for $65,000. On Dec. 21, 1992, the city sold it to Baker College for $55,000. (Independent File Photo/BILL CONSTINE)


Baker College of Owosso has sold the Early Learning Center, S. Washington at Gute in Owosso, to Elite Early Learning Center. The center has been operated by Baker College since 1995.

“We were approached by Elite Early Learning Center regarding purchasing the ELC in late November,” said Aaron J. Maike, Baker College of Owosso president, in a Monday morning news release.

The center provides critical childcare and preschool opportunities for more than 40 children in Shiawassee County and is one center that accepts infants. Elite Early Learning Center agreed to transition all employees who cared for children and will be bringing in their own management.

“I’m pleased that Kendra Nichols will be managing the center’s operations,” said Maike. “Kendra worked for Baker College for almost 14 years before transitioning to a position outside of the college. Her last position with Baker was managing the Early Learning Center.

“The center will continue to offer discounts for Baker College employees and serve our community. Most importantly the sale will keep the center open.”

Maike acknowledged that the center has been unable to break-even financially since opening. “We are dedicated to continuing the quality and tradition that Baker College has modeled, and we will strive to be a model in the county,” explained Nichols.

Sale by Baker of its Early Learning Center was last modified: December 28th, 2015 by Karen Elford