Cyber Talk Radio: CAST Tech, San Antonio’s First Tech Career Themed High School

CAST Tech - San Antonio’s First Tech Career Themed High School - Week 30 of Cyber Talk Radio

Show Summary

This past Saturday, April 22, episode 30 of Cyber Talk Radio hit the air on 1200 WOAI and iHeartRadio streaming. I was joined by Kelly Isbell, former principal at CAST Tech High School, to discuss the program at CAST Tech and what makes the school unique as San Antonio’s first tech career themed high school.

In the first half of the show, we kick off by having Kelly give us an overview of the new San Antonio high school, CAST Tech High School, and tell us how the school was created by local businesses and organizations (HEB, AT&T, TechBloc and more!) in the tech industry to fill the need for tech skills. The school will officially open in Fall 2017 and will be located on the Fox Tech Campus downtown. For the first year, the school had 270 applicants for 150 positions - they accept 50 percent in district (SAISD) and 50 percent Bexar County. The goal is to grow the school to 600 students in the program over the next 4 years. From a curriculum perspective, students will be in a project based learning environment. Example projects would include students developing an app that the City of San Antonio visitors could use to see everything going on in the city, developing a WiFi system that would be housed inside trash cans or develop a marketing campaign for a certain HEB promotions.

In the second half of the show, we walk through the student experience at CAST Tech, weekly schedule and personalization of the high school. What will the students school day and classroom enviroment look like? For a quick peek into what the classroom will look like, there will be three areas including small group teacher area, individual workspace and student center area for collaboration. How does this learning environment tie back to attendance? They will have an accounting period during the day to make sure students are in attendance. There is still a schedule to follow and accountability. The students’ schedule on Friday’s will be focused on going out into the field to experience real-life business situations. CAST Tech is still taking applications for teachers! To learn more about open positions at CAST Tech, go to the SAISD website under job openings/HR. For donations, go to the Friends of CAST site.

Help support CAST Tech, a first of its kind school in San Antonio! To learn more, watch the replay here!

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