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Education

 

Assembled for action – When it comes to 21st century challenges, Monroe County students graduate “on go.”

From early childhood through graduation, Monroe County educational tracks prepare students and guide them toward a dynamic global future:

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In 2012, just two years after the group was formed, the Monroeville Jr. High’s robotics team became the only robotics team in the state to earn an invitation to compete in the Presidential Science Fair in Washington, D.C. What sealed the deal for invitation and display in the White House West Wing was the powerful performance of the team’s robot, Trigger 410, against top-flight competition—50 teams from seven states.

Of course, in today’s global world, Monroe understands that the race for jobs isn’t confined to the U.S. So at Monroeville High School—and Monroeville Elementary—students have the option of learning a foreign language. STEM learning also takes a priority position through early emphasis as well as through our advanced laboratory-based science curriculum enhanced by Science in Motion, implemented in collaboration with the Alabama Department of Education.

graduation rateChoices and pathways

Innovation and thinking ahead are key to navigating the global environment, and that’s why in options for career and college readiness, Monroe County rolls out roads to success along a variety of first-quality pathways. Routes range from a full lineup of Advanced Placement (AP) high school courses to a high-achieving Career Technical Center where choices include dual enrollment at Alabama Southern Community College, one of the nation’s top-ranked community colleges.

From the West Wing to the Far East, along tracks that lead to great universities or rewarding jobs, Monroe County students are being led to an unlimited future at every turn, and at the earliest opportunity. For example, the Alabama Reading Initiative and Alabama Math and Science Technology programs are implemented beginning in kindergarten.

wireless connectivityCritical connections

Our Continuous Improvement Plan is propelling our schools from “Good to Great,” with a 21st Century Plan that has already provided state-of-the-art wireless infrastructure, and that is paving the way for a one-to-one device-to-student technology ratio. And while our schools are “wired,” our students are also connected through effective curricula and extracurricular enrichment.

Monroe County offers the perfect combination for families, a warm and relaxed small-town environment where children aren’t rushed to grow up, but with all the routes to career and college readiness for a satisfying global future.

Higher education options

Here and near, the options are excellent.

A nationally rated community college right here in Monroe County offers a great start with multiple research universities within two and a half hours by car.

Top 20 Community CollegesAlabama Southern Community College

It’s pretty telling that ASCC is home to both the Alabama Writers Symposium and the National Network for Paper and Chemical Technology Training. What it tells you is that when it comes to work and careers, students can pretty much write their own ticket with a degree and/or certification from ASCC.

For immediate work readiness, students can complete certification in 10 different areas, from cosmetology to computer applications to key industrial skills like machine technology, pipe and plate welding, and industrial maintenance. ASCC also offers Associate in Applied Science degrees in multiple tracks, including business technology and computer applications, electrical and industrial engineering technology and industrial maintenance, and machine technology and millwright, and, naturally, paper and chemical technology.

Academics at ASCC are equally superb. Thanks to a collaborative agreement with University of South Alabama, credits can count toward a four-year B.A. or B.S. And ASCC offers a terrific college experience: Exciting athletics, an active and engaged student body combined with the college’s small class sizes allow students to enjoy the feel of a private college at a fraction of the price.

University of South Alabama

Created a little more than a half century ago from an extension program operated by University of Alabama, the University of South Alabama in Mobile has risen to become a leading research institution boasting an enrollment of approximately 15,000. USA’s 1200-acre wooded campus is home to 10 colleges, including a college of medicine (one of only two state-supported medical schools in Alabama). Students can choose among 50 different bachelor’s degree and certificate programs and more than 40 master’s degree programs. Research is extensive; the university is classified as “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation, and areas of study range from archeology to forensic and technology security to lung biology. The school is also home to the upper Gulf Coast’s first academic cancer research institute. USA’s Jaguar athletics, including a fledgling football team formed in 2009, rack up big crowds and big talent—future stars in Major League baseball have been thick on the diamond at USA.

collegesAuburn

It was begun as a private male college in 1856; some 20 years later it was transformed into the state’s first land-grant university, and transformed a decade after that into Alabama’s first four-year co-educational school. And today Auburn is still pioneering boundaries as one of the nation’s few universities designated as a land grant, sea-grant and space-grant university. Obviously, this makes for a wide choice in degree options, and while those numbers are important, so too are the quality rankings that Auburn consistently earns from U.S. News among others. From engineering to English to computer science to veterinary medicine, Auburn offers highly rated programs that lead to successful careers. A founding member of the Southeastern Conference, Auburn is leveraging that association in learning through membership in the SEC Academic Consortium, even as it leads the field in athletics with powerhouse Tiger teams.

Troy State University

Founded well over a century ago, Troy University serves nearly 30,000 undergraduate and post-graduate students on a main campus in Troy and three satellite campuses. Students can choose from among 46 bachelor’s degree programs, 22 master’s and 2 doctoral programs; once they graduate their choices are even better: in its rankings of degree value, based in part on graduates’ marketplace success, Forbes magazine gives Troy a solid rating. Athletics have a proud heritage—the Trojan football team dates back to 1909—while the “Sound of the South” marching band is only the most visible component of a rich and diverse music program.

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Monroeville, AL 36460

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Did You Know?

Monroeville is known worldwide as the “Literary Capital of Alabama.”  Did you also know we are home to North America’s largest producer of mass market pulp?  Or that Gate Precast in Monroeville has been the architectural precast manufacturer of more than 50% of Atlanta’s skyline?  Or finally that we have more than 17 times the US average for counties our size of people working in the Long Distance Freight Trucking industry?

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