SPHS Career Academies
Students at SPHS have the opportunity starting in the freshman year to participate in specialized programming related to a variety of career interests.
ANIMATION, GAME ARTS & SIMULATION
This program is designed to prepare the student for entry into a career in visual art at either a computer game development studio or a feature film studio. The goal of the curriculum is to teach students the fundamentals of art and design, and help them build a digital portfolio of their work for submission to the college of their choice. Using 21st century technology, students will explore drawing, painting, and sculpting techniques for the purposes of character and environment design, as well as complex concepts in game design and interactive media. Students who successfully complete this program will be well-prepared candidates for colleges that can teach them to become 3D modelers, texture artists, environment artists, animators, level designers, concept artists, visual artists and art directors.
E COMMERCE (Business Technology)
This pathway focuses on business practices in management, legal administration, human resources, communication, bookkeeping, insurance and relevant computer applications. You will learn the functions of management, forms of business ownership, ethics, business plans and analytical skills needed to own and operate a business. Choose from the options of accounting, legal, medical, or administrative specializations after completing the business management portion of the pathway.
This course is designed to focus on the profession of teaching and related careers – history, purposes, issues, ethics, laws and regulations, roles, and qualifications. Emphasis is placed on identifying the current, historical, philosophical and social perspectives of American education, including trends and issues. During the course students participate in a minimum of 20 hours of guided observations and field experiences in multiple settings to help them assess their personal interest in pursuing careers in this field and to identify effective learning environments. Students will begin the development of a working portfolio to be assembled upon completion of the program. The course is also designed for students to learn about leadership and skill opportunities afforded through participation in CTSO activities. Students will learn and understand MS Office: Word, PowerPoint and Excel; as well as internet use and other software.
This pathway prepares students to become licensed practical nurses. They will learn how to administer nursing care to patients in hospitals, extended care facilities, physician’s offices, health care agencies and private homes. This care includes providing for physical and emotional needs of the patient, administering medications, providing therapeutic treatments, and rehabilitation assistance. Clinical experiences make up more than half of the entire program to include medical, surgical, maternal-child, mental health and geriatric nursing.
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES (EMS) AND FIRE/EMT
EMS prepares students to administer basic emergency care using industry standard equipment taught by currently employed local EMS professionals. Students gain experience through human patient simulators, local emergency rooms and fire department rescue units. Students will need to return after graduation to complete required ride time to be eligible for certification as EMTs and Fire Fighters.
ENGINEERING AND ROBOTICS
The purpose for this program is to provide students with a foundation of knowledge and technically oriented experiences in the study of applied engineering and its effect upon our lives and the choosing of an occupation. The content and activities will also include the study of entrepreneurship, safety and leadership skills. This program focuses on transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the technological tools, machines, instruments, materials, processes and systems in business and industry. The content includes but is not limited to study in mechanical, electrical, civil, and environmental engineering disciplines.