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Specialist High Skills Major

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The SHSM program allows students the opportunity to focus their learning on a specific area or industry. If the student is successful in meeting the SHSM requirements a special designation is awarded on their Ontario Secondary Diploma. The areas or sectors currently offered at Holy Cross are:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Construction
  • Health and Wellness
  • Horticulture/Landscaping
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Non-Profit
  • Transportation (Automotive)

The SHSM program offers students the opportunity to acquire the skills and expertise that will assist them in all four of the post-secondary pathways- apprenticeship, college, university and workplace. The components are area/industry specific but include required “bundled credits”, two cooperative education credits in that area, sector recognized certifications and / or training sessions, area specific “reach ahead” experiences and the earning of the Ontario Skills Passport (OSP).

See http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/morestudentsuccess/SHSM for more information from the Ministry of Education of Ontario.

Use SHSM tab through Career Cruising Portfolio to check your progress in any or all of the SHSM pathway options available at Holy Cross!