MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – The Mount Vernon Technology and Science Youth Center for Advancement has announced plans to erect a new center that will focus on preparing city school children to continue their education following high school.
Mount Vernon’s new technology and science center will provide lower income families the opportunity to provide their children with a top-tier educational experience that will guide them toward college and meaningful careers.
The announcement of the education center comes at a time when Mount Vernon students could use it most. The district is in a state of transition, as it searches for interim Superintendent Judith Johnson’s permanent replacement and prepares to switch to a “K-8 model” next year. Student scores on mandatory tests were also among the lowest in the state.
Outside of its uses for students, the science and technology center will also bring both visitors and money to Mount Vernon, as it will be open to curious visitors.
The facility will include a brand new theater, small classrooms, offices and laboratories. Ideally, it will cater to as many as 1,000 visitors at any given time.
When it’s constructed, the learning center will be located in the heart of the South Side shopping district. Teams have discussed two Fourth Avenue locations where construction can begin. Once completed, the center will provide an interactive learning experience for students and visitors with a passion for science and technology.
Robert Holland Jr., the man who will bring the learning center to the city, said that the center has the potential to become a vital cog of the city. He has already raised the money to make his dream a reality.
“The center will bring tremendous value to our children and the community,” he said. “There is already a great deal of support for this resource, as several major entities have made early financial commitments.”
James Wilson, a father of two, said that he would welcome any educational resources that can be made available for his children.
“The school district has been struggling lately, so it certainly couldn’t hurt to have it around,” he said. “If my kids needed it, I think I’d be willing to take them down there to get some help.”