HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – On April 2, Governor Kay Ivey signed SB212 into law, officially creating the Alabama School of Cyber Technology & Engineering.
This will be the state’s third magnet school, and will be located in Huntsville.
Gov. Ivey signed the bill during an event at the Von Braun Center.
The Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering will provide academically motivated and gifted Alabama students with educational opportunities and experiences in the rapidly growing fields of cyber and engineering. The idea for the school came about through work by Cyber Huntsville and the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber. State Senator Arthur Orr of Decatur sponsored SB212.
“We are pleased that the vision for an Alabama cyber technology and engineering magnet school has been acted upon by our state leaders,” said Alicia Ryan, Vice President of the Cyber Huntsville Board and President of the Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering Foundation. “This school will be a wonderful opportunity for students from across Alabama to get early exposure to new STEM-based curriculum that will prepare them for exciting cyber and engineering career paths. By enabling unique educational opportunities today, we are building our workforce for the future.”
No location has been chosen for the school yet, but the team is eyeing Cummings Research Park as a possibility so it would be mostly centered for students commuting from Huntsville, Madison and Madison County. Other students would board at the school, coming from other locations in Alabama.
Discussions are also taking place about curriculum and preparations for an initial class of high school students beginning in August 2020.