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Specialist High Skills Major


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The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program offers Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) students in Grades 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
  • Workplace


The Five Components of an SHSM Diploma


At the TCDSB, there are over 2,300 students enrolled in 76 SHSM programs across 28 high schools. Students may register for a program offered by their home school.

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Each SHSM program includes the following​ components:


1. Bundle of Credits


Eight to ten Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits consisting of:


  • Four major credits. 
  • Two to four other required credits. 
  • A minimum of two required cooperative education credits.

2. Certification and Training


All SHSM programs require 6-8 sector-recognized certifications or training courses. They include specified numbers of:


  • Compulsory certifications or training courses (e.g.: Standard First Aid, CPR level C).
  • Elective certifications and/or training courses, which are selected from a list provided by the Ministry of Education for each sector.

3. Experiential Learning and Career Exploration Activities


  • Experiential learning and career exploration activities allow students to explore, observe, participate in and reflect on a variety of sector-specific experiences and careers. 

  • These activities enable students enrolled in the SHSM program to learn about the opportunities available to them in careers that interest them​ (i.e.: Skills Canada competition, job shadowing and career fair/panel conference). 

4. Reach Ahead Experiences


  • These are learning experiences that are connected with the student’s post-secondary plan (i.e.: attending a conference/workshop, touring a post-secondary institution, completing a Dual Credit course, etc.).

5. Sector-Partnered Experiences (SPE)


SPE activities are experiential activities co-delivered with a sector partner. They provide students with the opportunity to gain insight into the relationship between their sector program and how the following are used within the sector:


  • ​Mathematical Literacy.

  • Contextualized Coding.

  • ICE (Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship).

Graduation


Upon graduation, students who complete an SHSM program will receive:

  • An Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with an embossed SHSM seal of distinction.
  • A SHSM Record Card documenting the student's achievement placed in the student's Ontario Student Record.

SHSM Advantages


Students in SHSM programs have the opportunity to do the followings:


  • 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 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 post-secondary 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 Opportunities


SHSM students identify themselves through a checkbox on OCAS and OUAC when they are applying to College or University. There are scholarship and incentive opportunities for SHSM graduates at some of the following post-secondary institutions: 

SHSM Programs Offered by the TCDSB 


The following SHSM programs are being offered by the TCDSB:

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  • Bishop Marrocco / Thomas Merton
  • Brebeuf College
  • Dante Alighieri
  • Father Henry Carr
  • James Cardinal ​McGuigan
  • Loretto College
  • St. Joan of Arc Catholic Academy
  • St. John Paul II
  • St. Mother Teresa

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  • Bishop Marrocco / Thomas Merton
  • Chaminade College
  • Dante Alighieri
  • Loretto Abbey
  • Madonna
  • Mary Ward
  • Msgr. Percy Johnson
  • Senator O’Connor
  • St. Basil-the-Great
  • St. John Paul II
  • St. Oscar Romero

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  • Bishop Marrocco / Thomas Merton
  • Mary Ward
  • Neil McNeil
  • St. Patrick
  • St. Oscar Romero

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  • Chaminade College
  • Francis Libermann

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  • Brebeuf College
  • Dante Alighieri
  • Father John Redmond
  • Francis Libermann
  • James Cardinal McGuigan
  • Loretto College
  • Madonna
  • Mary Ward
  • Michael Power / St. Joseph
  • Msgr. Percy Johnson
  • Neil McNeil
  • Notre Dame
  • St. Joan of Arc Catholic Academy
  • St. Joseph College
  • St. John Paul II

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  • St. John Henry Newman
  • St. Mother Teresa
  • St. Patrick

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  • Brebeuf College
  • Chaminade College
  • James Cardinal McGuigan
  • Loretto Abbey
  • Marshall McLuhan
  • Notre Dame
  • St. Joan of Arc Catholic Academy
  • St. John Henry Newman

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  • Bishop Allen Academy
  • Father Henry Carr
  • Father John Redmond

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  • Loretto Abbey
  • Madonna
  • Marshall McLuhan
  • Mary Ward
  • St. Joan of Arc Catholic Academy
  • St. John Henry Newman

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  • Chaminade College
  • Marshall McLuhan
  • Michael Power / St. Joseph
  • Senator O’Connor
  • St. Basil-the-Great
  • St. John Henry Newman
  • St. John Paul II
  • St. Mother Teresa
  • St. Oscar Romero

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  • Bishop Marrocco / Thomas Merton
  • Father Henry Carr
  • James Cardinal McGuigan
  • St. Joan of Arc Catholic Academy
  • St. Mary Catholic Academy

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Contact Us


If you are interested in your school's SHSM program, contact one of the following people:


  • Your school's guidance counsellor.
  • SHSM subject teacher.

You can also send an email to shsm@tcdsb.org​ for more information.
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