The Grousbeck Center for Students & Technology opened in 2011 as the centerpiece of innovation on Perkins’ campus.
Made possible with a $10 million commitment from the Grousbeck Family Foundation, the Center is a dedicated space for students to gather and experiment with cutting-edge technology, ultimately promoting their independence and socialization. The Center is the first centralized building on campus that makes accessible technology a primary focus in every student’s education like never before. Its features include:
- A sun-filled Student Center, offering an array of state-of-the-art technology that is universally accessible or adapted, including video games, music and movies
- A music room with adapted instruments and software
- An Internet radio studio, home to Radio Perkins, the school's Internet radio station, where students hone their communications skills and self-confidence by hosting their own radio shows
The Center also offers a growing number of opportunities for students to practice transition and vocational skills, including:
- Perk Cafe, an opportunity for students to experience retail work by serving coffee to customers, using a cash register and practicing customer service and food safety
- Docent training, where staff from Perkins’ Volunteer Office coach students interested in giving tours, improving their public speaking, self-confidence and navigation skills