In partnership with Southwest ISD and Alamo Colleges, CAST STEM students attend 9th and 10th grades at Southwest Legacy High School and 11th and 12th grades at Palo Alto College. CAST STEM allows students to explore careers in engineering, advanced manufacturing, energy & power and global logistics. Students learn to build and program robots, drones and electric cars and travel to competitions with teams.

The chance to experience a college setting during high school and to work directly with industry mentors set CAST STEM students apart and sets their future in motion, no matter where they decide to take it.

Industry partners for CAST STEM include: Toyota, CPS Energy, H-E-B, HOLT CAT, Zachry Group, Caterpillar, Standard Aero, E02 Concepts, Associated Builders and Contractors, and Port San Antonio.

Fast facts

  • CAST STEM is located at Southwest Legacy High School for 9th and 10th grades and Palo Alto College for 11th and 12th grades
  • Students prepare for careers in engineering, advanced manufacturing, energy & power and global logistics
  • CAST STEM students can earn up to two years of college credit and industry certificates
  • CAST STEM is for incoming 9th graders who are comfortable in a college setting, are goal-oriented and responsible, and committed to real-world experiences, like internships
  • CAST STEM will welcome 150 students for its first class in August 2018
  • Higher education partners include Palo Alto College and Texas A&M-San Antonio.

Message from the Principal - Dr. Aja Gardner

I have a passion to revitalize the perception of STEM as a program that students take as an elective. My mission is to shift mindsets to view STEM as a holistic approach to preparing 21st Century learners to live and work in an ever-changing technical society. I believe that an effective STEM program places STEM courses as the focal point of a student’s educational programming. I truly embrace the STEM Shift in education. I am most excited to change the horizon for my learners. No longer will a child's zip code determine their future!"

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