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Specialist High Skills Major


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2021-22 SHSM Programs offered at DPCDSB Schools

Ministry of Education - SHSM Information


What is a Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)?

The Specialist High Skills Majors (SHSM) Program is a ministry-approved specialized program that allows students to identify, explore, and refine post-secondary goals that match their interests, skills and talents. Students join an SHSM program in grade 11 and grade 12 while working towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Students can earn an SHSM accreditation no matter what their post-secondary plans: apprenticeship training, college, university or workplace.

Why join your school’s SHSM Program?

Pursuing an SHSM can help students:

  • customize their high school education to suit their interests and talents
  • develop specialized knowledge and skills
  • earn credits that postsecondary educational institutions and employers recognize
  • gain sector-recognized certification and career-relevant training
  • identify, explore and refine career goals and make informed decisions about their future
  • remain flexible, with the option to shift between pathways, should their goals and plans change
  • transition after graduation to apprenticeship training, college, university or the workplace
  • students receive the SHSM seal on their diploma when they:
    - complete a specific bundle of 8-10 courses in the student's selected field
    - earn industry certifications like First Aid and CPR qualifications
    - gain important skills on the job through cooperative education placements
     

Graduating with an SHSM

Students who successfully complete an SHSM receive:

  • an Ontario Secondary School Diploma with an embossed SHSM seal
  • an SHSM record documenting their achievement
  • formal recognition on their Ontario Student Transcript


For more information:

Please contact your school’s guidance counsellor or the SHSM consultant, Alda Nunes at 905- 890-1221 ext. 21516 or alda.nunes@dpcdsb.org
More detailed information about SHSMs can be found at http://www.ontario.ca/SHSM

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