10/13 - Monroe Offers More than Traditional Vocational Education
Since 1977, Monroe has evolved into more than just a VoTech (vocational) High School. We are now referred to as a CTE (Career and Technical Education) Center and recently earned the prestigious title of “Loudoun Governor’s Career and Technical STEM Academy.”
A traditional vocational education teaches a trade that focuses on a specific occupational skill set. Though still teaching a handful of vocational programs, Monroe also offers career and technical programs that give students the ability to get a jump start on their college career. Monroe currently includes many programs which are dual enrolled with Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). Many Monroe graduates leave with not only college credit, but on-the-job training, as well as industry certifications in their chosen career.
Monroe Technology Center opened its doors to high school students throughout the county in 1977. That first year, Monroe welcomed student from five high schools, to fill their sixteen programs. Through its current competitive admission process, this year Monroe admitted students from thirteen high schools, to fill our twenty-six programs. Monroe had to turn away over 200 applicants this year because we have simply run out of space. The demand for a CTE education has dramatically increased, but Monroe is still housed in the same building as it was in 1977. Monroe is looking forward to sharing a new building with the Academy of Science in the near future. As both Monroe and AOS continue to expand, it is important to keep up with the growing demand for these types of higher learning high schools.