The newest building at Saint Andrew’s School, the Dr. Albert Cohen Family Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, has become an energetic hub for innovation for students. The Saint Andrew’s School community recently gathered to celebrate the Cohen Center dedication and to recognize its value for the institution.
The event began with a traditional Scots bagpiper welcome. As guests entered through the Coombs Vestibule and were seated in the stunning 183-seat auditorium, Board of Trustees Chair, Dr. Steve Shapiro, welcomed the excited audience and recognized new Head of School, Ethan Shapiro. Mr. Shapiro was greeted with applause, gave remarks about the future of education and introduced a video showcasing the Cohen Center. The video was followed by inspirational speeches by key donors Dr. Albert Cohen and Brian Kessler.
During the ceremony, students watched the event via simulcast in Roberts Theater, demonstrating the leading-edge technology at play at Saint Andrew’s School. Teachers also attended this important event showing their enthusiasm and gratitude for the cutting-edge instructional space.
At more than 13,000-square-feet, the Cohen Center offers technologically advanced classrooms, collaborative meeting spaces, design tech labs, digital production facilities, and a state-of-the-art auditorium.
Exciting and innovative class offerings include design thinking, robotics, investments and entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, cybersecurity, and international relations, among others. In the Kessler Digital Media Institute, students can take advantage of offerings such as broadcasting, digital media & special effects, sports broadcasting, advance media production, film studies, and more.
“There’s most certainly a wow factor that comes with the Cohen Center,” said Ethan Shapiro, Head of School for Saint Andrew’s School.
Visitors can see the excitement on the faces of students and faculty that are hard at work in classrooms and studios. That excitement is also evident when prospective parents come on tour.
“You can view our robotics team tinkering – and then turn around and see the investment class analyzing stocks. A quick walk down the halls and you can see students broadcasting sports…it’s simply amazing,” Shapiro said.
Upper School Mathematics Teacher Lisa Winer is also quite proud of the Cohen Center. “It’s an honor to teach my students in this immersive building and classrooms that promote collaborative idea creation and project development. The Cohen Center enables students to develop a solid foundation to navigate real-world situations in college and beyond.”
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