Specialist High Skills Majors

What is SHSM?

A Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) provides students with an opportunity to focus their learning and gain valuable experience for all post-secondary opportunities.

The SHSM program has a number of required components, designed to give students a “leg-up” to pursue post-secondary opportunities in a variety of employment sectors. Students will also gain valuable experience and industry recognized certifications, which increase confidence in their ability to succeed and see the connections between their studies, the world beyond high school and future careers.

How Will SHSM Help Me?

Pursuing an SHSM designation enables students to:

  • Test-drive career options
  • Focus their learning by taking courses designed to suit their interests and talents while meeting the requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • Develop essential skills and work habits required in the workplace
  • Experience hands-on learning
  • Gain valuable work experience that will help build a resume for postsecondary programs and future employment
  • Earn industry recognized certifications related to the chosen employment sector
  • Take advantage of “reach ahead” opportunities which could include visits to sector-related industries, businesses, training facilities, skills competitions, colleges, universities and dual credit programs.

Did You Know - Gaining industry recognized certifications and training through your SHSM will provide you with skills to add to your resume giving you a "leg up" in a very competitive job market.