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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Specialist High Skills Major(SHSM):  Information and Communications Technology
 
Brebeuf College School has applied to the Ministry of Education for a specialist high skills major in the information and communications technology field.  With approval hopefully in March of this year, we will begin implementation of this program in September of 2013. Students enrolled in this SHSM–Information and Communications Technology will be involved in today’s rapid and exciting changes in technology and will help pave the way to new and emerging media and technologies in the years to come. Below you will find some general information about this new program. Students entering Grade 11 next year who are interested in this program should see their guidance counselor for the application process.
 
What is a Specialist High Skills Major?
 
The SHSM is a ministry-approved specialized program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). This career-focused program is also designed to help prepare students to make the transition from secondary school to apprenticeship training, college, university, or the workplace. An SHSM enables students to gain sector-specific skills and knowledge in the context of engaging, career-related
learning environments and helps them focus on graduation and on pursuing their chosen
postsecondary goals.
 
Pursuing the Specialist High Skills Major–Information and Communications Technology
enables students to:
 
• customize their secondary school education to suit their interests and talents while meeting the requirements for the OSSD;
• select a bundle of 9 required credits focused on sector-specific knowledge and skills that are:
• valued by the information and communications technology sector and postsecondary educational institutions;
• designed to help prepare students for a postsecondary opportunity of their choice in this economic sector;
• designed with the flexibility to allow students to shift between pathways (e.g., switch from a pathway leading to college to an apprenticeship pathway) or to discontinue the SHSM program should their career plans change in Grade 11 or 12;
• provide evidence of achievement of the required components of the SHSM (e.g., sector recognized certifications) for prospective employers and postsecondary educational institutions;
• explore, identify, and refine career goals to make informed decisions about their postsecondary options;
• take part in “reach ahead” experiences that will help them gain confidence in their ability to be successful, refine skills and work habits, and make an informed choice about future careers and next steps;
• identify and develop Essential Skills and work habits that are required in the sector, using tools connected with the Ontario Skills Passport;
• access resources, equipment, and expertise that may not be available in their secondary school.
 
 
Required Components for the SHSM–Information and Communications Technology:
 
1. A bundle of 9 Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits (see chart on next page) that includes:
i) 4 information and communications technology major credits that provide sector-specific
knowledge and skills;
ii) 3 other required credits from the Ontario curriculum, in English, mathematics, and a choice of business studies, science, or the arts in Grade 11 or Grade 12. In these courses, some expectations are met through learning activities contextualized to the information and communications technology sector;
iii) 2 cooperative education credits that provide authentic learning experiences in a workplace setting, enabling students to refine, extend, apply, and practise sector-specific knowledge and skills
 
2. 6 sector-recognized certifications and/or training courses/programs (3 compulsory and a choice
of 3 electives from a list of additional certifications and training courses/programs)
 
3. Experiential learning and career exploration activities within the sector
 
4. “Reach ahead” experiences connected with the student’s postsecondary pathway
 
5. Development of Essential Skills and work habits required in the sector, and use of the Ontario
Skills Passport (OSP) for purposes of documentation
 
 
 
Pathway Chart: SHSM – Communication and Information Technology

 
Apprenticeship
(O and C courses)
College
(C and M courses)
University
(M and U courses)
Workplace
(E and O courses)
Credits
Grade 11
Grade 12
Grade 11
Grade 12
Grade 11
Grade 12
Grade 11
Grade 12
 
ICT Major:
2 courses in Grade 11 and Grade 12
 
 
TGJ 3O
ASM3O
ICS 3C
 
 
TGJ 4O
ASM 4E
ICS 4C
 
TGJ 3M
TEJ 3M
ASM 3M
ICS3C
 
TGJ 4M
TEJ 4M
ASM 4M
ICS4C
 
ICS 3U
TEJ 3M
ASM 3M
 
ICS 4U
TEJ 4M
ASM 4M
 
TGJ 3O
ASM3O
TEJ 3E
 
TGJ 4O
ASM 4E
TEJ 4E
 
English
 
 
 
 
 
ENG 4C
 
 
 
ENG 4C
 
 
 
ENG 4U
 
 
 
ENG 4E
 
Math
 
 
MBF 3C
 
 
 
MCF 3M
 
 
 
MCR 3U
 
 
 
MEL3E
 
Other Required Course in Business or Science:
1 of the following in Grade 11 or 12
 
 
BMI 3C
 
BDV 4C
 
BMI 3C
BAF3M
 
BDV 4C
BAT 4M
BBB 4M
 
BAF 3M
 
BBB 4M
BAT 4M
 
BMX 3E
 
BBB 4E
Co-operative Education
Two credit co-op placement related to the ICT sector in either Grade 11 or Grade 12
Co-op credits must be subject-linked to one of the courses in the SHSM bundle
Total Number of Credits
9
9
 
9
9