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New cyber tech magnet school to be held on UAH campus

Last year, Governor Kay Ivey signed a bill to create the Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering (ASCTE). Today, state and city leaders met to announ...

Last year, Governor Kay Ivey signed a bill to create theAlabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering (ASCTE). Today, state andcity leaders met to announce plans for the new school.

The new Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering will be the third of its kind in Alabama. The magnet school will be tuition free, and students from all 67 counties in the state can attend. They plan to start recruiting this fall.

Starting in 2020, students will temporarily attend classes and live inthe Bevill Center on The University of Alabama in Huntsville’s campus.

Chief of Staff for the President of UAH, Ray Garner, said, “We haverooms and a safe and secure location. We have classrooms in that building, andwe have food services in that building.”

The permanent location for the school will be at Cummings ResearchPark. Construction is set to begin next year. The school is expected to open by2022.

Redstone Federal Credit Union is doing their part to ensure thepermanent building is in place by donating $3 million to the school.

Redstone Federal Credit Union CEO, Joe Newberry, said, “We wantto be a catalyst for positive change in all the communities we live in, and that’swherever we have a branch.”

Madison County Superintendent, Matt Massey, was appointed as theschool’s president.

“The opportunity to almost build a school from scratch is kind of any educators dream come true, but to get to do one of this magnitude and of this importance, it’s just an incredible opportunity, so I’m really excited to be a part of it,” said Massey.