Specialist High Skills Majors

(SHSM)

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

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SHSM Programs at GDHS

Construction & Architecture

Hospitality & Tourism

Justice, Community Safety, & Emergency Services

Manufacturing, Engineering, & Robotics (Welding)

Sports & Leadership

Other SHSM Programs in HDSB

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