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Toronto Catholic District School Board


What Is A Specialist High Skills Major? (SHSM)
The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) encourages you to focus on your secondary school education toward a career area of your choice.  Students who enroll in our SHSM programs are provided with meaningful experiential learning opportunities in all pathways while also meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).  Students who successfully complete the SHSM program of their choice will receive the SHSM seal on their diploma which signifies to employers and post secondary institutions that you have gained the knowledge, skills, and industry recognized qualifications related to a particular career field.
What SHSM programs are offered at Madonna?
Currently at Madonna we offer to SHSM programs - Health and Wellness and Non Profit.
This program enables students to acquire skills and experiences which will assist them in their post-secondary pathway in careers that fall under the health and wellness umbrella.
Students In The SHSM Program Have The Opportunity To:
  • customize their high school education to suit their interests through a specialized selection of credits
  • develop industry-recognized certifications (for example:  First Aid, CPR, WHMIS) while earning their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) (Certification paid by Ministry of Education)
  • access resources, equipment, and expertise in professional settings through a Co-operative Learning experience
  • participate in reach-ahead and Co-operative Education opportunities:  St. Michael’s Hospital, The Mitchener Institute, Villa Colombo, St. Joseph’s Hospital, The Hospital for Sick Children
  • receive a special SHSM red seal designation on their diploma which identifies that the student possesses specialized skills in the Health Care area
  • prepare a portfolio required by many post secondary institutions and employers
Career Choices In Health And Wellness Include:
Nurse ​Medical Doctor ​Physiotherapist
​Nurse's Aid ​Dental Assistant/Hygienist ​Athletic Therapist
​Personal Service Worker ​Activation Co-ordinator/Gerontologist ​Pharmacist
​Radiation Technologist ​Orthotic/Prosthetic Technician ​Dentist