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What is a Specialist High Skills Major? (SHSM)
SHSM is a high school program that offers students an opportunity to learn knowledge and skills required for careers in Health and Wellness.  This program enables students to acquire skills and experiences, which will assist them in their post-secondary pathway - university, college, apprenticeship training or workplace.
Who Can Benefit from this Program?
SHSM is available to all students in grades 11 and 12, regardless of their choice of post-secondary destination.  SHSM Programs are currently available in a number of TCDSB secondary schools.
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, Infection Control) while earning their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) (Certifications are paid for by the 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, Toronto Rehab Institute, Rouge Valley Hospital, Kennedy Lodge Nursing Home, Sunnybrook Hospital, Scarborough Hospital, and North York General Hospital
·       Receive a special SHSM red seal designation on their diploma which identifies that the student possesses specialized skills in the Health Care sector
·       Prepare a portfolio required by many post-secondary institutions and employers
·       Identify, explore and refine career goals and make informed decisions about their future
·       Network with potential employers
·       Remain flexible, with the option to shift between pathways, should their goals and plans change
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