Buffalo schools adapting for job growth sectors

Dec 23, 2013

With the increasing thousands of jobs on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, the city school district is rushing to have a school with education and employment connections to the campus.

"Our focus continues to be on preparing every student for college and careers and so it's great that we are able to expand to these innovative CTE programs," said Buffalo Schools Superintendent Pamela Brown

Brown is presiding over a system which is shifting its focus from college ready to college and career ready. That's the successful and expanding program in South Park High School to train people for both or Burgard's planned high-tech manufacturing program.

School Board Member John Licata is pushing the new high school for the medical campus to be located in the current School 8.

"Ninth and tenth grade combined seats of 250 students, looking right now at both career-technical education and paths beyond college for nursing and other professional degrees. It's going to be a comprehensive high school where children get fully-accredited for college or for working in the community," Licata said.

The school will also work with Erie Community College for those students who want to go to that college for its programs. Licata says the goal is to have training for everything from kids who can eventually manage and maintain the elaborate mechanical systems of hospitals or research centers to students who want to be the research scientists in those buildings.