HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - The Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering (ASCTE) is ramping up construction of its permanent campus in Cummings Research Park.
Students are currently based at Oakwood University until the new state-of-the-art facility is ready in 2022.
Right now, 70 students are enrolled in ASCTE but in three years it could be five times that. In fact, by 2024, there could be upwards of 350 to 400 students on the new campus.
Executive Director of the ASCTE Foundation PeggyLee Wright is running the school’s capital campaign to raise funds for the new campus. According to Wright, the school does not get local tax dollars so the private sector is helping raise money.
So far, $12 million has been raised but the goal is to pay off the school without remaining debt.
“The capital campaign will run until we have hit our mark of being able to pay off the entire school,” Wright said. “As a state school we don’t want to have debt. We want to be able to say, ‘This is our building.’”
Wright encourages corporations and businesses who want to be part of the school’s pipeline to join in on the effort and become a partner in education.
“There is not another high school in the nation that is teaching cyber resiliency in the engineering lifecycle,” Wright said. “We are the first and that gives us a lot of freedom to maneuver in order to teach classes that are relevant to industry. So to have the nation look at us and see what we are doing and hopefully repeat this in other regions is absolutely wonderful.”
In addition to the capital campaign, school leaders have also organized an annual fund. In less than three weeks, families of the school helped raise over $22,000, which goes towards buying a bus for the school.
“We are really excited about that because it shows not only is the city of Huntsville excited about our school, not only is the state of Alabama excited about our school, but our parents are also really supportive and excited about our school,” Wright said.
For more information about ASCTE you can check out their website or contact President Matt Massey.