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What is a Specialist High Skills Major?

A Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is a secondary school program, which allows students in all pathways (apprenticeship, college, university, workplace) to focus on the specialized knowledge and skills relevant to a specific economic sector of interest, while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).





These programs enable students to gain sector-specific skills and knowledge in engaging, career-related learning environments, and prepare in a focused way for graduation and postsecondary education, training, or employment.

Seven Key Benefits for Students

Pursuing an SHSM enables students to:

1.     customize the secondary school education to suit their interests and talents

2.     develop specialized knowledge and skills that are valued by the sector and postsecondary education institutions

3.     earn credits that are recognized by the sector and postsecondary education institutions

4.     gain sector-specific and career-relevant certification and training

5.     develop Essential Skills and work habits that are valued by the sector, recorded using the tools in the Ontario Skills Passport (OSP)

6.     identify, explore, and refine their career goals and make informed decisions about their postsecondary destination

7.     remain flexible, with the option to shift between pathways should their goals and plans change.



Each SHSM consists of five required components:

 

1.     Bundled credits

A defined bundle of credits consisting of eight to Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits, including cooperative education.

2.     Certification and training
Sector-recognized certifications and training courses and programs

3.     Experiential learning and career exploration activities
Experiential learning and career exploration activities within the sector

4.     Reach ahead experiences
learning experiences connected with the student’s postsecondary plans

5.     Essential Skills and work habits
Development of Essential Skills and work habits required in the sector, recorded using the tools in the Ontario Skills Passport (OPS)

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