Groundwork started on the Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering that will be built in Huntsville.
The school's 19 member board met for the first time in Huntsville to start that process. WAAY 31 learned how the school is going to help growing industries in Huntsville.
"We're in desperate need all the time of engineers and cyber experts. Right now, I have to go outside the state to get them. We're flying people in paying them to move here because we have such a demand in our area," Alicia Ryan the CEO of LSINC said.
Ryan is also the newly elected vice president to the board of the Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering and she says this magnet school is highly important to the Tennessee Valley. WAAY 31 learned the school will accept students from across the state, and it will have about 300 students.
"It will have dorm rooms. It will be a residential campus for 7-12 and to take our gifted kids from around the state that are interested in these areas and far surpass what they can get in their regular school systems," said Alabama Senator Arthur Orr.
He said with the booming technology community throughout the valley this school is more important than ever.
"As the economy emerges you look at Google in Jackson County. You look at the Facebook announcement here in Madison County and other announcements that could be coming. Huntsville is establishing itself as not only a leader in engineering because that's well established, but also in the world of cyber," he added.
No location has been picked for the school just yet, but at Wednesday's meeting the board approved a site selection committee to start looking for short and long term sites for the school that's supposed to open in the fall of 2020.