Start Your Future Here!
Real Work. Real World. Real Life Success.
Metro offers Career Pathways that align with high-demand career fields and offer students hands-on learning experiences in industry-grade learning spaces:
- Test-Drive Careers
- Use Industry-Standard Tools
- Connect with and Learn from Industry Professionals
- Develop Professional Skills
- Earn Industry Certifications
- Compete in Student Regional, State, and National Competitions
- Gain Experience through Internships and Apprenticeships
- Plan a Path Forward
At Metro, students start their futures now and leave Metro with a plan. Metro instructors and guidance counselors work closely with students to help them determine their future goals. Metro partners with colleges, organizations, and employers to educate and guide students to jobs, internships, apprenticeships, and post-secondary opportunities. Students can choose to go to work or to pursue further training and education.
Metro helps students start their futures now!
High School Career Center
Metro is a high school career center funded in part by the Office of Skills Development and hosted by the Little Rock School District. Our career pathways are open to any 10th-12th grade student in Pulaski County. This includes students in public, private, charter, and home schools. There is no charge to students or participating schools; transportation is the sole responsibility of the student and/or participating school.
As a career center, our goal is to provide quality career pathways linked to high-demand jobs in our region. Metro maintains meaningful partnerships with area industries and small businesses to inform our pathways and ensure we equip students with relevant knowledge and skills, use industry-grade equipment and tools, connect students with people and projects in industry, and provide job shadowing, internship, and apprenticeship opportunities.
Metro campus offers +12 Career Pathways that connect students to high-demand careers in three areas. Learn more about each pathway: Explore +12 pathways.
Entrepreneurship & Innovation
- Photography & Design Makerspace (open to LRSD students only)
- Tech Makerspace (open to LRSD students only)
Health & Human Services
- Culinary Arts
- Criminal Justice
- Education and Training (open to LRSD students only)
- Fire and Emergency Medical
- Medical Professions
- Automation Industrial Technologies (New!)
- Automotive Collision Repair
- Automotive Services
- Construction Trades
History: Our school facility was built on its current site in 1964 as a comprehensive vocational high school. At this time, it was called Metropolitan High School. The school was originally located near 12th and Fair Park and was called Little Rock Tech High. In 1973, the school was converted to our State’s first area vocational center and re-named Metropolitan Vocational Center. In the 1980’s, the name was changed to Metropolitan Vocational Technical Center to showcase the many technical programs that were offered. Later, in the 90’s, the name was changed again, to Metropolitan Career-Technical Center, to reflect the change from vocational education to career and technical education.
Today, we serve students from any secondary school within a 25 mile radius or 30-minute commute. This includes the five LRSD high schools, the six PCSSD high schools, Bryant High School, the Arkansas School for the Blind and the Arkansas School for the Deaf. Additionally, we serve students from private, parochial, charter and home schools.
Uniforms are not required. See student handbook for dress code.
Partners in Education:
- Arkansas College of Barbering
- Add-A-Curl Beauty Salon
- All About "U"
- Arkansas State Board of Cosmetology
- Bud's Graphics, Inc.
- Eastern College of Health Vocations
- Faith Beauty & Barber Salon & Supplies
- Genuine Auto Parts (NAPA)
- ITT Technical Institute
- J.A. Riggs Tractor Company
- Little Rock Police Department
- Nashville Auto-Diesel College
- Rally's Hamburgers/Papa John's Pizza
- Sally's Beauty Supply & Equipment
- Tammy Taylor Nails
- Thelma's Beauty Academy
- Remington College
- Arkansas Baptist College
- Cameron Corporation
- Landers' Chevrolet
- Heil Beauty Supply
- Gwatney Chevrolet
- Chenal Parkway Buick
- Burmax Manufacturers
- Arnold's, Inc.
- Little Rock Job Corps
- Silk Magnolia
- Pulaski Technical College
- Maverick Transportation
- Landers' Chrysler/Plymouth/Dodge/Jeep
- Landers' Ford
- Landers' Toyota
- Parker Automotive Group
- North Point Ford
- North Point Nissan
- Emma Kelly Rhodes Education Center
- UAMS Center for Diversity Affairs