Specialist High Skills Majors let students focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Students receive the SHSM's seal on their diploma when they:
complete a specific bundle of 8-10 courses in the student's selected field
earn valuable industry certifications including first aid and CPR qualifications
gain important skills on the job with employers.
WHO ARE THEY FOR? Grade 11 and 12 students who are:
heading for an apprenticeship, training, college, university or the workplace.
wanting to identify, explore and refine their career goals and make informed choices about their next steps after secondary school.
HOW CAN THEY HELP? Students have the opportunity to:
Gain important skills on the job with actual employers, at skills training centres and at school
Earn valuable industry certifications, including first aid and CPR qualifications.
WHAT'S INVOLVED TO COMPLETE A SHSM PROGRAM?
Completing the SHSM application by the deadline (signed by teacher references, guidance and parents)
Submit to your SHSM teacher OR Guidance by FEBRUARY 27th
Enrolling in the correct courses that are needed for the SHSM Arts & Culture certification (8 Credit Bundle including co-op placement)
6 sector-recognized certifications and/or training courses/programs
Experiential learning and career exploration activities within the sector.
"Reach Ahead" experiences connected with the student's post-secondary pathway.
(NOTE: The are NO additional costs for the program)