College of Applied Science and Technology

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The College of Applied Science and Technology trains students to thrive at the convergence of human and machine teaming. 

Founded in 2019 as a new academic college, CAST started out in 1995 as the University of Arizona’s branch campus in Sierra Vista. We hold fast to those beginnings, working alongside Southern Arizona community colleges and the U.S. military to offer financially, geographically accessible degrees. CAST, the university’s fastest-growing college, prepares students for careers in such fields as cyber operations, applied computing and human services, with classes serving both remote and in-person learners

When you give to CAST, you support our efforts to train future-focused, career-ready students set to make their mark on the Fourth Industrial Revolution. You also champion accessibility, enabling the college to continue educating post-traditional students, transfers and learners only able to pursue their studies online. A donation to CAST is a vote of confidence in our continually evolving world.


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“The College of Applied Science and Technology is a fast-growing and innovative college that lives up to its commitment to educating students to be future focused and career ready. Our team is transforming lives with an integrated curriculum in our one-of-a-kind virtual learning environment. We truly are working at the convergence of human and machine teaming to prepare today’s learners for the realities of the 21st century. I hope you will check us out and consider joining our exciting journey.”

–Gary Packard Jr., founding dean of the college

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Cooperative Extension is a staple of our college and directly connected to our mission of sharing research and innovations with the public. The Cooperative Extension works to improve lives, communities and the economy by serving as a statewide network of knowledgeable faculty and staff. 


CAST Dean's Fund for Excellence

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