Specialist High Skills Majors (SHSM)

The Specialist High Skills Major is a program which gives students a focus in their senior high school years that leads to all post-secondary destinations (apprenticeship, college, university, and work). A student must take two Grade 11 and two Grade 12 courses in a specialized area, and a co-operative education course. It also involves contextualized units in Math and English where the focus is in the specific sector.

Students will also have the opportunity to explore experiential learning and reach ahead activities such as field trips, competitions, etc. At the conclusion of the program, students will receive a special Red Seal diploma and transcript as evidence of their completion of a Specialist High Skills Major. Check out http://www.haltonpathways.ca for more information.

Our school offers SHSM courses in the following sectors:

  • Information & Communications Technology (ICT)
  • Sports
  • Non-profit

For more information visit the School to Career Website or contact Student Services.


Fitness and Sport Leadership

Why is this so desirable for high school students?

Program Overview

The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program in Sports Leadership, Fitness and Performance gives students an opportunity to specialize, gain qualifications, and plan a career pathway in various areas of the Sport sector while still in high school. The SHSM Program has a number of required components, designed to give students a “head start” to pursue post-secondary opportunities in each of the identified sectors, valuing apprenticeship, college, university and direct entry into the world of work.

The SHSM Experience

  • Gain an awareness of career opportunities in the Sport sector
  • Participate in workshops and sessions with industry professionals
  • Incorporate treatment techniques for injury rehabilitation and prevention
  • Learn a variety of kinesiology, sport medicine and athletic therapy applications
  • Attain practical certifications in coaching, training and officiating
  • Develop transferrable skills compatible with multiple pathways to all post-secondary destinations

SHSM Fitness and Sport Leadership Application


Information and Communication Technology (ICT) – Media, Programming & Engineering

Program Overview

The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program in Information and Communication Technology gives students an opportunity to specialize, gain qualifications, and plan a career pathway in various areas of the ICT sector while still in high school. The SHSM Program has a number of required components, designed to give students a “head start” to pursue post-secondary opportunities in each of the identified sectors, valuing apprenticeship, college, university and direct entry into the world of work.

The Information and Communication Technology sector offers students opportunities to get inspired and use their unique skills and abilities in careers in media arts, digital photography and film production, computer science, programming, engineering and many other creative areas.

The SHSM Experience

  • Learn a variety of digital media techniques
  • Participate in workshops with industry professionals
  • Develop ICT skills in a variety of media
  • Incorporate digital technologies into the creative process
  • Learn a variety of computer science and engineering applications
  • Develop transferrable skills compatible with multiple pathways to all post-secondary destinations

If you are interested in ICT SHSM please contact Mr. Galli – gallim@hcdsb.org or visit room 209.


Non Profit

Program Overview

The Non Profit Sector offers a range of careers that are dynamic, engaging, and rewarding. Whether in the fields of art, culture, education, the environment, information technology, health care, social development, or sport, countless career paths are available for people who share the sector’s common vision:

TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

The focus of this program is to explore the pathways, opportunities and leadership skills usually reserved for profit activities, applied as a viable alternative within the Non Profit Sector of the economy. The Specialist High Skills Major Non Profit will draw upon multi-disciplinary skill sets, coupled with real world experiential
requirements within the local community as well as internationally.

Who would be interested in the program?

The Non Profit SHSM is for students with a passion for promoting personal and social change who would like the opportunity to pursue a career in law and justice, public service, journalism and media studies, international affairs and development, political advocacy, business, finance and administration.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Laferriere @ laferrierem@hcdsb.org.

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Creative Design OfficerSpecialist High Skills Majors (SHSM)