CTE- Career and Technical Education
The Business Education program at South Park High School offers students an opportunity to explore and prepare for careers in education as well as to develop skills related to a variety of professional employment settings. Ms. Mary Pat Furey and Mrs. Valerie Frier spearhead this program which boasts two state of the art computer labs as well as opportunities for students to be a part of the management of our school bookstore.
The Business Education program offers the following courses to students at South Park High School:
- Word Processing
- Business Ownership
- Principles of Marketing
- Career and Financial Management
- Introduction to Occupations
- Business Analysis and Computer Applications
The Horticulture Program is a new and extremely popular addition to the Career and Technical Education offerings at South Park High School. A truly unique collaboration between the CTE and Special Education Departments, this program allows community based and functional cluster students the opportunity to explore careers in floristry, landscaping, and farming. Classes are taught in block periods by both horticulture and special education instructors collaboratively teaching. Horticulture students at South Park put their learning to practice through holiday arrangement sales, providing plantings within and outside the school building, and through weekly excursions to the nearby Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens for internship experience.
The Graphic Communications Program offers students the opportunity to prepare for employment in the graphics and printing industry. Students learn graphic design using Indesign graphics software to produce layouts of business cards, letterheads, newsletters, brochures, and flyers. Student learn offset printing through hands-on training in the operation of offset printing presses to produce both one color and multiple color printing projects. Students learn the operation of offset printing presses to produce both one color and multiple color printing projects. The operation of finishing/bindery machines, folding, cutting, and collating completed printing projects is also a focus of this program. South Park Graphic Communications students compete in local graphics competitions and make field trips to various commercial printing facilities to gain insight into working within the print industry. In their senior year, students have the opportunity to participate in South Park's Graphic Communications Internship Program. The Graphic Communications Program offers Print Ed Certification to students that meet the required certification standards. the Print Ed certification is a nationally recognized certification. Graphic Communication graduates can make a successful transition from high school to college or directly to employment in the graphics industry. 8th graders interested in enrolling in this program for high school must apply through the BPS choice program. Criteria for admittance to the program include grades, teacher recommendations, and standardized test scores. Students in Catholic grammar schools or students transferring into the Buffalo Public Schools should contact the South Park Counseling & Support Services Office for information on applying to the program.