Story and photos by Greg Miley, Speakin’ Out News staff writer
The Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering (ASCTE), located at 229 Wynn Drive in Huntsville, Alabama (the southeast corner of Bradford Drive and Wynn Drive in Cummings Research Park), held its ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new ASCTE campus. The event was held on Friday, September 23, 2022, at 9:30 a.m.
The school is the nation’s only high school focused on integrating cyber technology and engineering into all academic disciplines. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed ACT2018-480 in 2018, establishing ASCTE. In Augus 2020, the first 70 freshmen and sophomore students started attending at the temporary location of ASCTE on the campus of Oakwood University, about two miles north of the 26-acre campus permanent home.
ASCTE is a public, commuter, and residential magnet high school serving students throughout Alabama. According to information provided by ASCTE, the school’s total enrollment is 254 students, including 151 commuter students and 103 boarding students. The school said 38 percent are female, 38 percent are minority students, and all come tuition-free from 61 Alabama cities and towns. The school can accommodate 400 students.
“We’ve been dreaming
of this for four years, and we are here,” said Dr. Claudette Owens, a cyber school foundation board member. “Where else would we but Huntsville in Alabama introducing another first?”
Taking part in the ribbon cutting were Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, State Senator Arthur Orr, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, Mrs. PeggyLee Wright, ASCTE Executive Director, Mr. Mat- thew Massey, ASCTE President, members of the ASCTE Foundation Board of Directors, members of the ASCTE School Board of Trustees and ASCTE students. Campus tours were provided before and after the ribbon cutting. Over 70 Partners in Education, companies and businesses offered financial and other support to ASCTE.
For additional information on ASCTE, visit their web- site at https://www.ascte.org