SPECIALIST HIGH SKILLS MAJOR
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 post secondary 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 talent.
2. Develop specialized knowledge and skills that are valued by the sector and post secondary education institutions
3. Earn credits that are recognized by the sector and post secondary 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 post secondary destination
7. Remain flexible, with the option to shift between pathways should their goals and plans change.
Arts and Culture
The SHSM – Arts and Culture enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace. A particular focus may include dance, dramatic arts management, or technical production.
In this program you will:
1. Develop artistic skills within a range of talents including visual arts or musical theatre
2. Learn how to create an artistic portfolio or be involved in a stage production
3. Have opportunities for training and certification
4. Receive a designation that opens pathways and acknowledges your dedication
5 REQUIRED COMPONENTS:
A defined bundle of credits consisting of eight to Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits, including cooperative education.
Certification and training
Sector-recognized certifications and training courses and programs
Experiential learning and career exploration activities
Experiential learning and career exploration activities within the sector
Reach ahead experiences
Learning experiences connected with the student’s post secondary plans
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 (OSP)