Austin ISD reveals new cybersecurity learning center

The new STEM learning center pairs with the school's program that allows students to take Austin Community College classes for free. (Courtesy Austin ISD)
The new STEM learning center pairs with the school's program that allows students to take Austin Community College classes for free. (Courtesy Austin ISD)

The new STEM learning center pairs with the school's program that allows students to take Austin Community College classes for free. (Courtesy Austin ISD)

Austin ISD will unveil its new science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning center Oct. 20. Formula 1 racers will attend the ribbon-cutting to discuss with students how STEM plays a major role in racing, according to an Austin ISD news release.

The new center in Northeast Early College High School simulates a cybersecurity industry workplace with a data center, computer labs, and virtual reality and esports areas with flexible furniture, according to the release.


Students will go through the career and technology training program, called P-TECH, in the new learning center built by AISD and Dell Technologies. The program allows students to earn an associate degree in cybersecurity from Austin Community College while attending high school, the release said.

Four days ahead of the return of the U.S. Grand Prix, McLaren F1 drivers Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo will preside over the Oct. 20 ribbon-cutting ceremony, the release said. McLaren Racing advocates for STEM learning in schools and has released a video series for children to learn from Dell and McLaren employees about the physics, speed, health and technology involved in F1 racing.
By Maggie Quinlan

Reporter, Southwest Austin/Dripping Springs

Maggie joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in July 2021 after a year spent covering crime, courts and politics at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, near the border with Idaho. In Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs, Maggie covers education, business, healthcare, transportation, real estate development and nonprofits. Prior to CI, she graduated from Washington State University, where she was managing editor of the student newspaper and a section editor at her hometown newspaper based in Moscow, Idaho. Maggie dreamed of living in the Austin area for years and feels honored to serve the communities of Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs.



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