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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Ontario Expanding Specialist High Skills Major and Dual Credit Programs

The Minister of Education Liz Sandals, together with MPP Cristina Martins and members of the TCDSB attended St. Mary’s Secondary School on September 8, 2015 to announce the expansion of the popular Specialist High Skills Major and Dual Credit programs.

The Specialist High Skills Major program offers high school students the opportunity to match their skills and interests with a career path while earning their high school diploma. This year the program is expanding to serve an additional 2,000 students across the province. Students can choose from 19 different sectors including aerospace, healthcare and transportation to help them prepare for an apprenticeship training, college, university or the workplace.
The Dual Credit program helps students who face barriers in graduating high school to earn credits that count toward their high school diploma and a postsecondary certificate, college diploma, degree or apprenticeship certification. This school year, the program is expanding to include 600 more students across the province.
This is the 9th year in a row that Ontario is expanding Specialist High Skills Major programs in high schools across the province. Beginning this fall, more than 46,000 students will be enrolled in 1,760 Specialist High Skills Major programs. 
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