The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is a Ministry-approved specialized program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. The program also assists students in their transition from secondary school to apprenticeship training, college, university, or the workplace. A SHSM enables students to gain sector-specific skills and knowledge in the context of career-related learning environments and helps them focus on graduation and pursuing post-secondary goals.
The following SHSM courses will be offered to Grade 11 & 12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. Contact your high school guidance department for more information, or click on the links below.
An experiential (exploring) learning activity connected with the student’s postsecondary pathway can be considered a “reach ahead” (focusing) experience. The activity can be recorded only once on the student’s Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Record as either an experiential learning activity or a “reach ahead” experience. Experiential learning is about making connections and strengthening relationships among learning partners.
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The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a way for students to begin their apprenticeship training on the job while meeting high school diploma requirements. OYAP is an agreement between the student, the school and an employer who will provide the on-the-job training leading to certification in a trade or technical occupation. For more info, contact your high school guidance department or visit OYAP's website.