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Site named for new CAST Tech High School
New CAST Tech High School’s site the ultimate in combining the best of old and new
JULY 21, 2016 -- Two currently closed buildings located on the 600 block of North Flores Street in downtown San Antonio will be the future home of CAST Tech High School, to open in the fall of 2017 as a San Antonio ISD in-district charter.
The buildings, located on the grounds of the Fox Tech campus, are former vocational shop-buildings that will re-open to prepare students for high-demand, 21st-century technology careers.
Startup funds from H-E-B, Charles Butt and other industry partners will be used to refurbish the 46,200 square foot industrial space, where students will learn through innovative curriculum developed with industry partners, project-based learning and technology.
“This is another key step that moves us closer to creation of what will be a new brand of high school for San Antonio, thanks to H-E-B and its forward-thinking leaders and the support of Tech Bloc,” SAISD Superintendent Pedro Martinez said. “The school will allow SAISD to offer its students, as well as others from across the city, one of the best educations in the hottest tech fields – and it will allow us to breathe new life into buildings meant to prepare students for careers.”
With easy access from the school’s downtown location, students will benefit from ongoing interaction and support from tech industry members via job shadowing, internships and mentoring.
“The newly envisioned Fox Tech campus is the perfect site for the CAST Tech high school,” said Kate Rogers, H-E-B Vice President for Corporate Communication and Health Promotion. “It provides the best of both worlds – a separate building with its own identity as well as common amenities that the students can take advantage of such as a gym, a music room and a theater. We especially like the fact that the new high tech high school will be located in the original career and technical education buildings, symbolizing a shift in preparing students for exciting careers in the new economy that is emerging just down the street in the San Antonio Tech District.
“We are extremely thankful to the team at SAISD and to the Board of Trustees for making this important step on the journey to opening the school in the fall of 2017 a reality,” said Rogers.
This school will be the first in a network of industry-led, career themed high schools known collectively as the Centers for Applied Science and Technology (CAST), which H-E-B and other key employers plan to establish across San Antonio in partnership with local school districts.
CAST Tech will feature two career pathways for students, one on technology focusing on cyber security, coding, gaming, animation and digital media and the other focusing on entrepreneurship with business analytics, informatics, business administration, banking and finance.
"This tech school will be uniquely connected to industry. We will build robust internship, mentoring and other key out-of-classroom experiences directly inside all types of tech companies,” said David Heard, Tech Bloc co-founder and CEO. “So this school's proximity to industry is critical. Imagine kids walking across the street after school for work inside software startups. They will gain real experience and build important professional connections. That is our vision and hope. Everyone needs to find their tribe. And for young techies in SA, more and more of their tribe is downtown, inside our emerging Tech District."
The school will open its doors to the first class of 125 to 150 ninth graders in fall 2017.