What is a Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)?
SHSM is a ministry-approved specialized program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).
Courtice Secondary is proud to offer programs in the following sectors:
Benefits to Students
SHSM assists students in their transition from secondary school to apprenticeship training, college, university, or the workplace:
What is required?
Every SHSM must include the following components:
Contextualized Learning Activities (CLAs)
Students in a SHSM program will complete learning activities that are based on the knowledge and skills
relevant to the economic sector of their chosen SHSM.
Contextualized learning activities address curriculum expectations in these courses. For example, a student in a Construction SHSM could have a six-hour unit on building roof trusses as part of his or her Grade 11 Mathematics course.
All students will receive certification in:
In addition, students will receive at least three more sector-specific certifications, for example:
Students will have experiential learning activities within the sector, which may include:
“Reach Ahead” Experiences
“Reach Ahead” experiences are connected with students’ chosen post-secondary pathway. These experiences could include visits to sector-related industries and/or businesses, training facilities, skills competitions, colleges, universities and dual credit programs.
A SHSM Program must contain a bundle of 8-10 credits including:
To view the SHSM Parent Guide from KPR click HERE.