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Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)?

SHSM is a Ministry of Education approved program run at selected schools across Ontario. It is a flexible combination of courses and experiences that allow students to gain specialized skills, knowledge and experience in a particular sector of the Canadian workforce and prepare them for the future. By finding their passion, students get a head start on life!

Specialist High Skills Majors let students focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Students receive the SHSM’s seal on their diploma when they

  • complete a specific bundle of 8-10 courses in the student’s selected field
  • earn valuable industry certifications including first aid and CPR qualifications
  • gain important skills on the job with employers

Who are they for?

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.

How can they help?

Students have the opportunity to:

  • Gain important skills on the job with actual employers, at skills training centres and at school
  • Earn valuable industry certifications, including first aid and CPR qualifications.

 

SATEC @ WA Porter CI offers two different SHSM programs:

  • SHSM: Environment
  • SHSM: Information & Communication Technology (ICT) – Computer Engineering & Networking

Benefits of Enrolling in the SHSM Program:

  • Students successful at earning a SHSM receive a Specialized Ontario Secondary School Diploma, along with the SHSM identification on transcripts and other student records.
  • Experiences from SHSM allow students to make connections with industry that will aid them in future career hunting.
  • The SHSM program allows access to resources, equipment and expertise that are not available at most secondary schools.
  • The components of a SHSM ensure quality programs and experiences that add value to post-secondary and employer applications and resumes.

Environment Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM): Program Requirements

 SHSM – Environment: Program Requirements:

a) Nine Credit Environmental Course Package:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

b) Seven Environment Industry Recognized Certifications: 

  • 4 Mandatory Certifications: Standard First Aid, WHMIS, CPR Level A, GPS
  • 3 Optional Certifications: GIS, Leadership, Tree Identification, Map & Compass, AED, Leave No Trace, Stream Assessment Protocol, Wilderness First Aid, Canoeing and more!

c) Two Reach-Ahead experiences in the environment industry that may include:

  • Interviewing an employee or university/college student in the environment field
  • Attending a university/college class or conference in the environment field
  • Completing a dual credit course (THN4T1)

d) Experiential Learning & Career Exploration:

Including career exploration, work experience or job shadowing.

e) Develop an understanding of Essential Skills/Work Habits by:

Using the Ontario Skills Passport: skills.edu.gov.on.ca

SHSM – Environment: Benefits

Upon successful completion of the SHSM: Environment, students will earn a Specialized Ontario Secondary School Diploma, an enhanced transcript, industry recognized certifications, a great item for your resume, potential employer contacts and specialized knowledge and experience in your field of interest.

Information & Communication Technology (ICT) Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM): Program Requirements

 SHSM – ICT: Program Requirements:

a) SHSM – ICT: Course Options 

Credits

College Pathway

University Pathway

Grade 11

Grade 12

Grade 11

Grade 12

Information and Communications Technology Major

Mandatory: TEN3M

Mandatory: TEN4M

Mandatory: TEN3M

Mandatory: TEN4M

One of:

TEJ3M, TDJ3M, SPH3U or ICS3U

One of:
TEJ4M, TDJ4M, SPH4U or ISC4U

One of:
TEJ3M, TDJ3M, SPH3U or ICS3U

One of:
TEJ4M, TDJ4M, SPH4U or ISC4U

Science or Business Studies

One of:
SCH3C, SPH3U, BDP3O or BOH4M

One of:
SCH3C, SPH3U, BDP3O or BOH4M

Mathematics and English

Mandatory: MBF3C

Mandatory: ENG4C

Mandatory: MCR3U

Mandatory: ENG4U

Cooperative Education

Mandatory:
2  Credit Co-Op

Mandatory:
2  Credit Co-Op

Note: CLA (Contextualized Learning Activity) is a 6-hour module completed within the indicated course.

b) Six ICT Industry Recognized Certifications:

  • 3 Mandatory Certifications: Standard First Aid, WHMIS, CPR Level A
  • 3 Optional Certifications: Cisco Networking Routing and Switching: Introduction to Networks, Routing and Switching Essentials, Scaling Networks and Connecting Networks, and IT Essentials.
    (certifications in bold are done through our Cisco Networking Academy)

c) One Reach-Ahead experience that may include:

  • Interviewing an employee or university/college student in the ICT field
  • Attending a university/college class or conference in the ICT field

d) One Experiential Learning & Career Exploration:

Including career exploration, work experience or job shadowing.

e) Develop an understanding of Essential Skills/Work Habits by:

Using the Ontario Skills Passport: skills.edu.gov.on.ca 

SHSM – ICT: Benefits

Upon successful completion of the SHSM: ICT, students will earn a Specialized Ontario Secondary School Diploma, an enhanced transcript, at least four Cisco Networking recognized certifications, a great item for your resume, potential employer contacts and specialized knowledge and experience in your field of interest.

(some of the information on this page is from http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/morestudentsuccess/SHSM.asp).

Last Modified: September 17, 2015