Specialist High Skills Majors (SHSM)

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Why complete a SHSM?

Program Overview

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 Programs in the following sectors:

  • Business
  • Fitness and Sports Leadership
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • First Responders Services

The SHSM program has a number of required components, designed to help prepare the students for their post secondary Pathways. Components include:

  • Bundled Credits: 4 major credits in grade 11 or 12, 3 supporting credits in the context of the sector
  • Contextualized Learning Activities
  • Certifications and Awareness Training (WHMIS, FIRST AID, CPR, LEADERSHIP…)
  • Experiential Learning Opportunities
  • Job-shadowing, job twinning, and work experience
  • Minimum of 2 cooperative education credits linked to a major course
  • Field trips, other workplace experienced for students to explore careers related to the sector
  • Documentation of Essential Skills and Work Habits through the Ontario Skills Passport
  • Reach Ahead Experiences: Visiting colleges and universities, dual credit programs…

The SHSM Experience

  • Gain an awareness of career opportunities in a chosen sector
  • Participate in workshops and sessions with industry professionals
  • Build their resume for job applications and post secondary applications
  • Develop transferable skills compatible with multiple pathways to all post-secondary destinations

SHSM Program Information


BUSINESS SHSM

Description

You can find more information on the Business SHSM by viewing the fact sheet located here: Link

Application Form

Click here to Apply to the Business SHSM Program

Ministry of Education Reference

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Contact Information

Ms. Suzanne Sabo Mann and Mr. Mike Perosevic

sabomanns@hcdsb.org or perosevicm@hcdsb.org


FITNESS AND SPORTS LEADERSHIP SHSM

Description

The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program in Sports Leadership, Fitness, Performance and Promotion 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 Sports sector offers students the opportunity to follow their passion for sports performance, recreational studies, the industry of sport including marketing, management and event planning, as well as athletic treatment and preparation.

This SHSM will focus on potential career pathways:

Sports Agent
Athlete
Coach
Fitness Instruction
Sport/Team Management
Broadcasting
Sport Team Trainer
Sports Administration
Nutrionist
Personal Trainer
Recreation and Leisure Services
Sport Conditioning
Physical Education Teacher
Sport Journalism
Dietitian
Sport Psychology
Sport Marketing
Kinesiologist
Health and Wellness
Events Coordinator
Athletic Therapist
Sports Officials and Referees
Recreation/Outdoor Sport Instructor
Application Form

Click here to Apply to Fitness and Sports Leadership SHSM Program

Ministry of Education Reference

Click Here

Contact Information

Ms. Jennifer Vaughan and Mr. Chris Succi

vaughanj@hcdsb.org or succic@hcdsb.org


INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY (ICT) SHSM

Description

You can find more information on the ICT SHSM by viewing the Banner located here:

Link

Application Form

Click here to Apply to Information and Communications Technology (ICT) SHSM Program

Ministry of Education Reference

Click Here

Contact Information

Mr. Matt Kovacs or Mr. Shady Haddad

mk@stfxavier.ca or haddads2@stfxavier.ca


FIRST RESPONDERS SERVICES SHSM

Description

Events such as ice storms, terrorist attacks, SARS and COVID outbreaks as well as wildfires have raised the public and governments recognition of emergency planning and preparedness. Ontario now has some of the most rigorous community safety legislation in North America, and since 9/11, governments, NGO’s and private enterprise have all greatly enhanced their efforts to ensure the public’s safety and security. With these efforts have come various new programs and significant staffing increases within the sector. This SHSM will focus on the careers pathways such as:

Air traffic controller
Animal Control Officer
Animal Service Worker
Body Guard
Court Recorder/Clerk
Corrections Officer
Criminologist
Emergency Services Dispatcher 
Firefighter
Military
Officer
Probation Officer
Police Officer
Paramedic
Security Manager
Soldier
Youth Corrections Worker
Application Form

Click here to Apply to First Responders Services SHSM Program

Ministry of Education Reference

Click Here

Contact Information

Ms. Holly Roberts

robertsh@hcdsb.org


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