Specialist High Skills Majors


What is SHSM?

Specialized High Skills Major Programs (SHSM) are sector specific programs for grade 11 and 12 students. These programs allow students to focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Students that complete all of the SHSM components graduate with a Red Seal Diploma. SHSM programs are for all students, supporting those pursuing workplace, college, apprenticeship and university pathways.

Why take SHSM?

SHSM programs benefit students by:

  • Providing sector specific training making students more competitive for program acceptance and employment.

  • Participating in various sector related experiences to enhance their understanding of the sector and the different career of opportunities within the sector.

  • Helping students make more knowledgeable choices about their future through experience and networking

Components of SHSM Programs

  • Required Courses including Cooperative Education

  • Certifications

  • Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • Reach Ahead Experiences

  • Sector Partner Contextualized Experiences

    • Coding

    • Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship

    • Math

  • Contextualize Learning Activities

How to Register for SHSM

SHSM Programs at GDHS

Construction & Architecture

Hospitality & Entertainment

Justice, Community Safety, & Emergency Services

Manufacturing, Engineering, & Robotics (Welding)

Other SHSM Programs in HDSB

Become a SHSM Community Partner

We are always seeking partners from the community to help support our students in SHSM.

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