Perdue Henson Junior Achievement Center opening Fall 2023, giving students experiential learning

SALISBURY, Md.- What’s now a space with steel beams and caution tape, will eventually transform into a new center. The Perdue Henson Junior Achievement Center will provide an experiential learning space for students on Delmarva, this means financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship.

“This is a 25 square foot experiential center for students all over the shore, Caroline, Talbot, Dorchester, Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset,” Jayme Hayes, President of Junior Achievement Eastern Shore, said. “The students have an opportunity to do a real hands on interactive full immersion into the experience of an adult, so they actually act out being an adult for an entire day.”

An event was held Friday to show the progress of this project and honor those who’ve had a hand in the process.

“We celebrated a tour with the Governor who has been so gracious with one million dollars towards this project of $7.5 million,” Hayes said.

“It’s partnering with local organizations that do really good things and the state was happy to provide the funding,” Gov. Hogan said.

While the Salisbury center still has a ways to go before it’s complete, those we spoke with are excited to see the difference it will make in these students lives, as well as communities.

“The wonderful part about this is we are creating future leaders and a more developed workforce that will come out and pipeline into our communities, so think entrepreneurs or at least entrepreneurial mindset,” Hayes said.

“I remember when we first talked about it, and I remember making a decision that we were going to fund it but I’m anxious to just see some kids and see how it’s working in reality,” Gov. Hogan said.

We’re told there $10,000 kids annually will come and experience this center; this includes students from elementary, middle, and high school.

It’s expected to open in the Fall of 2023.

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