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A committee led by H-E-B executives and composed of industry leaders, school superintendents and workforce development experts from the Alamo Colleges, the City of San Antonio and Bexar County proposed the CAST model after studying innovative high school models across Texas and the nation.
In June of 2016, Charles Butt and H-E-B announced they would provide startup funds to develop the CAST Network and its first school, CAST Tech, in partnership with San Antonio ISD and Tech Bloc, a technology economy advocacy movement, as well as a core group of local employers. San Antonio College and UTSA rounded out the partners.
CAST Tech industry partners leveraged that initial contribution into a $15 million renovation of two old vocational buildings on the former Fox Tech High School campus into a modern, high-tech high school. In August 2017, CAST Tech High School opened its doors to a diverse freshman class of 150 students and will grow to 600 students at capacity.
We saw a critical need in San Antonio to help graduates build skills and connections that will allow them to move seamlessly into high-demand jobs. The model benefits both the individual student and the economy as a whole."