Macomb began offering courses in 1954 in response to the community’s need for advanced educational opportunities. Eighty-four students attended rented classrooms in Lincoln High School and the curriculum was developed with help from the University of Michigan and Michigan State and Wayne State universities. By 1962, enrollment reached more than 3,000 and voters approved the forming of the Community College District of the County of Macomb and a one-mill property tax to support its operation.
Since then, the College has kept pace with the community’s growing needs, gaining national prominence for its comprehensiveness and innovation. Fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Macomb is governed by an elected board of trustees.
Dr. Michael Balsamo is currently the Dean of Business, IT and Culinary at Macomb Community College. Dr. Balsamo started at Macomb in 2000 as an adjunct instructor and joined the college full time in 2005 as the Associate Dean of Business. In 2010 he accepted the position of Dean of Learning Resources, a position he held for nearly ten years. In addition to teaching business management classes at Macomb, Dr. Balsamo also teaches Leadership and Project Management at Walsh College.
Prior to Macomb, Dr. Balsamo was a project manager at a large international contracting company servicing primarily the Big Three auto companies. His experiences include budgeting, strategic planning, project management, and architectural/structural design. Dr. Balsamo graduated from Macomb with an Associate Degree in Construction Technology. He continued his education by earning a Bachelor of Science in Management at Oakland University later followed by a Master’s of Science in Business Management from Walsh College. Michael received his Doctorate degree from Walden University in Administrative Leadership for Teaching and Learning.