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Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)
Beginning in September 2008, St. Mary's will be offering the Specialist High Skills Major in transportation technology. The SHSM is a ministry approved specialized program that allows students to focus on knowledge and skills, specializing their secondary school education in transportation technology, earn recognized industry certifications, and develop Essential Skills and work habits connected to their career destinations. The SHSM allows students to focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests, and to track for four distinct destinations: apprenticeship, college, university and the workplace. Students earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the SHSM designation. A red seal on the diploma identifies the SHSM achievement. As well, the student receives a "SHSM Record" outlining the achievement of the five required components:


  � A bundle of ten grades 11 and 12 credits 
  � Industry-recognized certifications
  � Experiential learning in the transportation field
  � "Reach Ahead" experiences connected with students' postsecondary pathway 
  � Development of Essential Skills and work habits (documented in the Ontario Skills Passport)

For more details regarding this exciting program, visit As well, students and parents may speak with the guidance department.