A Specialist High Skills Major program (SHSM) enables students to customize their high school experience to suit their interests and talents and prepare for a successful post secondary transition to apprenticeship training, college, university, or employment, while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). The SHSM enables students to gain the sector-identified preparatory credits, skills and knowledge, and make informed career decisions. This makes the learning environment more engaging for students, focuses them on graduation and prepares them to pursue their career goals.

This SHSM program has a number of required components, designed to give students a “leg-up” to pursue post-secondary opportunities in each of the identified sectors, valuing all four destinations; apprenticeship, college, university and the workplace. The components are as follows:

  • Reach Ahead Experiences: Sheridan College (Davis Campus) Dual Credit and day visits to other post-secondary institutions
  • Documentation of Essential Skills and Work Habits through the Ontario Skills Passport
  • Experiential Learning Opportunities:
    • Job-shadowing, job-twinning, and work experience
    • Minimum of 2 cooperative education credits linked to the major
    • Field trips, other workplace experiences for students to explore careers related to that sector
  • Certifications and Awareness Training: Sector-recognized certifications related to the major and selected from a list, both generic and specific, to support the sector (i.e. WHMIS, First Aid/CPR, Fitness Training)
  • Contextualized Learning Activities: Supporting credits, such as English, math, science or business include units and other opportunities for SHSM students to learn in the context of the sector of their program
  • Bundled Credits:
    • 4 “major” credits in the identified sector; 2 in Grade 11 and 2 in Grade 12 (recommended)
    • 3 supporting credits delivered in the context of that sector

Click here to view the Pathway Planner for this SHSM.

Application Procedure

  • Register as an interested student for the program on www.OnSORTS.ca. You will need your OEN and birth date. (You can do this yourself, with Mr. Cond or your Guidance Counsellor)
  • Download the application package here: (SHSM Application Form).
  • See your Guidance counsellor to book an interview through OnSORTS.
  • Get a credit counselling summary and attendance profile your Guidance Counsellor.
  • Prepare a cover letter, résumé and reference page , according to the instructions in the application package.
  • Attend the interview with Mr. Cond – take your cover letter, résumé, references, credit counselling summary and attendance profile with you. You may also want to bring a parent or guardian with you to your interview.
  • Once accepted to the program, make an appointment with your guidance counsellor to discuss your course selections and timetable.