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What is a Specialist High Skills Major?

 
The SHSM program offers students in grade 11 and 12 the opportunity to explore a specific area or career of interest and to acquire the skills and experience that will assist them in their post secondary pathway: Apprenticeship Training, College, University and the Work Place.
 
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Each SHSM Program Includes: 

1. Bundle of Credits
  • Consisting of eight to ten Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits, including cooperative education and the completion of Contextualized Learning Activities in specified courses

 

2. Certification and training
  • Sector-recognized certifications and training courses and programs; typically 6 – 8 different certifications/training
  • CPR Level C, First Aid & WHMIS are mandatory certifications
 
3. Experiential learning and career             exploration activities
  • Experiential learning and career exploration activities within the sector

       i.e. guest speaker, career fair/panel, etc.

 

4. Reach ahead experiences

  • Learning experiences connected with the student’s postsecondary plans

       i.e. Skills Canada competition, university  lecture audit, college workshop, dual credit experience,etc.

 

5. Essential Skills and work habits

    Workplace skills recorded in the Ontario Skills Passport

 

Upon graduation, students who complete an SHSM program will receive:
       An OSSD with an embossed red seal
       An SHSM Record Card documenting  achievemet placed in the student’s OSR
 

 

 

 

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Students In SHSM Programs Have the Opportunity To:

  • Customize their secondary school education to suit their interests and talents through a specialized package of credits
  • Develop sector-recognized knowledge and skills while earning their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • Explore, identify, and refine career goals - Cooperative education credits allow students to practice and refine skill development, network with professionals working in the sector and gain sector-specific employment experience.
  • Make informed decisions regarding postsecondary destinations
  • Access resources, equipment, and expertise that may not be available in their home secondary school
  • Receive a special SHSM red seal designation on their diploma
  • Network with potential employers

 

SHSM Post-Secondary Advantages:​  

SHSM students identify themselves through a checkbox on OCAS and OUAC when they are applying to College or University. There are post-secondary advantages in the form of:

 

 

  • SHSM programs are considered on many supplementary applications

 

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Students interested in their school's SHSM Program should contact their guidance counsellor or SHSM lead teacher for more information.
 
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TCDSB Schools that offer Specialist High Skills Major

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Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton

Blessed Mother Teresa
Brebeuf College
Father Henry Carr
James Cardinal McGuigan
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Archbishop Romero
Chaminade College
Dante Alighieri
Loretto Abbey
Msgr. Percy Johnson
Senator O’Connor
St. Basil’s
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Archbishop Romero
Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton
Mary Ward
Neil McNeil 
St. Patrick (Design)

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Brebeuf College
Dante Alighieri
Loretto College
Father John Redmond
Francis Libermann
Michael Power/St. Joseph
Madonna
Mary Ward
Msgr. Percy Johnson
Neil McNeil
St. Joseph's College 

 

 

 

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Chaminade
Francis Libermann 
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Blessed Cardinal Newman
Brebeuf College
Chaminade College
Marshall McLuhan
Notre Dame

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Blessed Mother Teresa
Don Bosco
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Dante Alighieri 
Don Bosco
Jean Vanier
Loretto Abbey
Madonna
Marshal McLuhan
Neil McNeil

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Bishop Allen
Father Henry Carr
 
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Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton
Father Henry Carr
James Cardinal McGuigan
Jean Vanier 
St. Mary's
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Archbishop Romero
Blessed Cardinal Newman
Chaminade College 
Marshall McLuhan
Michael Power/St. Joseph’s
Senator O'Connor
St. Basil-the-Great
St. John Paul II
St. Joseph College
 
 
 
 
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SHSM A Pathway Program for Student Success and Student Engagement Presentation
( Click on SHSM logo to view)
 
Please see below for the Ministry of Education SHSM Fact Sheet. This Fact Sheet, and many other documents relating to secondary programming, is available in many languages on the Ministry’s website at: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/parents/multiLanguages.html