In one of the fastest-growing U.S. economies and one of the most racially and economically segregated cities, The Centers for Applied Sciences and Technology | CAST Schools is showing the power of investing in San Antonio’s young people. As a network of tuition-free, five career-themed high schools and one Pre-K to 12 Academy, CAST is dedicated to closing the gap on income inequality and nurturing San Antonio’s homegrown talent. Co-created as a regional partnership between independent school districts, higher education institutions, and local employers, CAST offers a new model of teaching and learning. Through these one-of-a-kind partnerships, CAST students engage in project-based learning with curricula they help inform. The partnerships result in a network of industry professionals committed to supporting students’ college and career goals and connecting them with high-demand, high-growth, high wage jobs—all while reinventing schools as we currently know them.