Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

Specialist High Skills Major

Specialist High Skills Major

An SHSM is a ministry-approved specialized program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements to graduate from secondary school. It also assists in their transition after graduation to apprenticeship training, college, university or the workplace.

As of the 2015–16 school year, SHSMs are available in Trillium Lakelands secondary schools in the following sectors:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Business
  • Construction
  • Environment
  • Health and Wellness
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation

Grade 11 and 12 students who are:

  • heading for an apprenticeship, training, college, university or the workplace.
  • wanting to identify, explore and refine their career goals and make informed choices about their next steps after secondary school.
Pursuing an SHSM helps students to:
  • Customize their secondary school education to suit their interests and talents.
  • Develop specialized knowledge and skills.
  • Earn credits that postsecondary educational institutions and the sector recognize.
  • Gain sector-recognized certification and career-relevant training.
  • Develop essential skills and work habits documented through the Ontario Skills Passport.
  • 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.

Students who successfully complete an SHSM receive:

  • an Ontario Secondary School Diploma with an embossed red seal
    an SHSM Record documenting his/her achievement
    formal recognition on his/her Ontario Student Transcript.

Contact your local secondary school to find out more.