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Specialist High Skills Major

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What is Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)?
Students focus on a career path that matches their skills, interests and talents while earning their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).
Key Benefits:
·         Develop specialized knowledge and skills
·         Gain sector recognized certifications and career related training
·         Develop skills on the job with employers (Coop)
·         Participate in Sector relevant challenges (Skills, ICE)
·         Identify, explore and refine career goals
SHSM Program Components:
·         Bundle of 8 - 10 credits (grade 11 & 12 including 2 Coop)
·         Industry Sector recognized certifications (compulsory & electives)
·         Experiential Learning (work experience & job shadowing)
·         Reach Ahead Opportunities (post secondary)
·         Essential Skills & Work habits
·         Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship (ICE)

 SHSM programs

Specialist High Skills Major(SHSM) Sectors in OCDSB
There are currently 29 programs offered at schools across the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. From Business to Construction to Health & Wellness - we have the programs you want!
Check out the SHSM Programs Brochure to learn more or visit the SHSM Ministry page for the most current information available.

 Registration Information

Registration Information
Students who wish to enroll in a Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program must apply in addition to filling out their home school option sheet. Contact your Guidance counsellor for registration instructions.
SHSM programs have limited enrolment. Students will be admitted on a priority basis in the following order: homeschool; neighbouring schools; remaining schools in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. It is possible for students to attend a SHSM host school for one semester, and then return to their home school to complete diploma requirements.

Please note: Transportation is provided.

Supplementary Option Sheet 2017-2018, SHSM Programs



 Contact Information

Contact Information

For more information, please contact your Guidance counsellor or Lydia Hamilton, Specialist High Skills Major Board Lead: ( 613-596-8211 ext.8575