Kennedy Krieger Gives Old Hospital Campus New Purpose
Baltimore - In space once used for operations and recovery, adolescents and young adults are now learning about trades and independent living at Kennedy Krieger Institute's Career and Technology Center. The Thomas Henry Bowles Building, on the campus of the old Children's Hospital on Greenspring Avenue in Northwest Baltimore, reopened in April.
The Bowles Building, originally constructed in 1925, has been transformed into a state-of-the-art facility for students with disabilities. Designed by Baltimore architecture firm Hord Coplan Macht, the extensive renovation included the addition of 11 classrooms, a student-run business center with a school store, a boutique and a credit union. These businesses are an important element of the Center's work-based learning program.
A student media center, an accessible computer lab and a cafeteria also have been added, to complete the two-year project. Many of the building's original elements were retained, including a two-story meeting space and a gallery overlooking former operating rooms, which were adjoined to create the computer lab.
Teachers, students and administrators will be welcoming friends of Kennedy Krieger Institute at a special ceremony from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 7 at the newly renovated high school. Tours of the new facility will be given. Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley and Maryland State School Superintendent Nancy Grasmick are scheduled to attend.
In the four years that the Kennedy Krieger High School has been in existence, the student population has increased from 35 students in 1999-2000 to 152 students in 2002-2003. Next year, 200 students are enrolled. "The complete renovation of the school has been an on-going project since the school opened in 1999," says Robin Church, Ed.D., Assistant Vice President of Educational Programs. "This new facility will enable us to expand the work-based learning and to better serve the students who attend Kennedy Krieger Career and Technology Center."
At the Kennedy Krieger Career and Technology Center, students with serious, often multiple, learning, emotional, neurological and/or developmental disabilities participate in a unique instructional program that allows them to learn about all aspects of an industry, rather than one specific job. With this exposure to career clusters,' students develop the skills related to a specific area of interest in that particular industry, as well as the skills necessary for economic independence.
The school's industry partners in each of the career clusters - Information Technology, Construction Trades, Retail and Consumer Services and Hospitality and Tourism - enhance students' learning by providing internships and on-the-job experience.
Kennedy Krieger Institute is dedicated to helping children and adolescents with disabilities resulting from disorders of the brain achieve their potential and participate as fully as possible in family, community and school life.
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