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Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is a specialized program that allows students to gain credits toward their Ontario Secondary School Diploma and focus their learning on a specific economic sector at the same time. The SHSM is a Ministry of Education approved program.

Students receive the SHSM seal on their diploma when they:

  • Complete a specific bundle of 8-10 courses in the student's selected field.

  • Earn industry certifications like first aid and CPR qualifications.

  • Gain important skills on the job through cooperative education placements.

At St. John Paul II Catholic Secondary School, we offer SHSM programs in: