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Toronto Catholic District School Board


Program Pathway

A program pathway consists of the combination or “package” of secondary school courses that make up a student’s educational program and the supports that are provided in offering that program. These educational programs usually match the strengths, aptitudes and interests of the student following that particular pathway.
A program pathway is designed to lead a student to a particular destination within a large grouping of jobs that are related to each other in some special way.
Apprenticeship Programs
A person following this pathway would be taking “M” and “C” level courses in grades 11 and 12. The person might be following specialized programs including Cooperative Education and Accelerated OYAP courses which would lead directly into apprenticeship courses at Community College. Programs can include such fields as Early Childhood Education, Heating & Refrigeration technicians, Hairdressing and Cosmetology, Auto Technician, Plumbing and Electrical fields. Some of these programs can lead to a College Diploma (See OYAP & Community College links).
College Pathway
A person following this pathway would be taking “M” , “C” and sometimes “U” level courses in grades 11 and 12 at their local Secondary School. Ontario’s Community College network offers an incredibly diverse array of courses and programs leading to an assortment of certificates and diplomas. In some cases these colleges have direct links to universities allowing students to continue their studies, often with advanced standing. (see Community College links above)

University Pathway

Ontario is blessed with the some of the best universities in the world. They offer a broad spectrum of academic and professional programs for post-secondary students. Secondary School Students will predominately have taken courses at the “U” level and must be aware of the specific requirements for the individual programs they are applying for at these universities.

Work Place Pathway / “On-the job” Training  

All our schools provide opportunities for our students to get special certifications and training as they prepare to join the workforce directly after Secondary School. This is an opportunity to get ahead even before joining the workforce. Students who take advantage of our Specialist High Skills Major programs can anticipate direct entry into the work force with advanced standing.

A Sample of Certifications available in Specialist High Skills Major Programs: 

  • Smart Serve --- Hospitality and Tourism
  • WHMIS --- All Sectors
  • First Aid - CPR --- All Sectors
  • Service Excellence --- All Sectors 
  • 30 point Preventative Inspection --- Transportation
  • Safe Food Handling --- Hospitality/Tourism
  • Athletic Injuries Management   - Sports



Student Success Lead Teacher

Claudia Escobar

416-222-8282, ext. 2780

Specialist High Skills Major and School Within A College ​

Catherine Moynihan
416-222-8282, ext. 2739

Specialist High Skills Major
Alessandro Mazza
416-222-8282 ext. 2930

Specialist High Skills​ Major School Support
​Zeljka Adzija 

416-222-8282 ext. 2934​

Specialist High Skills Major and Technological Education 

JP Cromien 
416 222-8282 ext. 2933

​Specialist High Skills Major School Support and Humber River Hospital 

Linda Wren

416-222-8282 ext. 2057

Dual Credit 

Laura Stancati 
416-222-8282 ext. 2731
Guidance and Career Education

Stella Campisi
416 222-8282 ext. 2926

Guidance and Career Education


Gina Vincent
416 222-8282 ext. 3253

Cooperative Education and Career Education 

Diana Pereira-Cibrao
416 222-8282 ext. 2729
Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program

Luciano Di Loreto
416 222-8282 ext. 2193
​Experierential Learning 
Stephan Pruchnicky
416​ 222-8282 ext. 2727​​



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