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Toronto Catholic District School Board


Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) 

What is a Specialist High Skills Major?
 
The SHSM program offers students the opportunity to explore a specific area or career of interest and to acquire the skills and experience that will assist them in their postsecondary pathway: Apprenticeship Training, College, University and the Workplace. A Ministry of Education initiative allowing students to customize their high school program in grades 11 & 12. Students earn bundled credits in sector-specific classroom courses. This builds on their strengths and interests and leads to a special designation on the OSSD Diploma upon graduation. SHSM pathway programs prepare students for post-secondary destinations. he bundle of classroom courses are established in all four (4) destinations; university, college, apprenticeships or the workforce.

Benefits to Students

Immersed in career-focused learning opportunities
Take courses that are sector specific while working towards an OSSD
Provided with reach ahead opportunities
Experiential learning opportunities – outside Co-op experience


Required Components

shsm2.jpgA bundle of 8 to 10 components
Four Credits - called the "Major" that provide knowledge and skills in the sector of specialization
Three or Four "additional required credits" in English, Math, Science or Business Studies – applies concepts of course embedded in the curriculum of Non-Hospitality Course
One credit Career Studies
Two credits of Co-Operative Learning either in Grade 11 or 12

Sector Recognized Certifications and Training Programs

COMPULSORY MAJOR SPECIFIC
First Aid CPR Safe Food Handler
WHIMIS Service Ecellence Smart Serve

 
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Experiential learning Activities Within Sector

Provide opportunities for students to see connections between the classroom, the real world and possible future careers, using: Job shadowing, Work experience, and Co-operative Education placements.


Student Benefits

Refining of Skills
Gaining Confidence
Improved Work Habits
Networking with potential employers and professional mentors


shsm4.jpg"Reach Ahead" Experiences

Experiential learning in a postsecondary destination when spending a day in the workplace, college or university. This allows student's to connect to the post-secondary pathways, through: Workplace, College, University tours Don Bosco's Established Educational Partnerships with:
Humber College
George Brown
Ryerson

Ontario Skills passport

Used to document essential skills and work habits required in the sector.


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