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Specialist High Skills Major

What is a Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)?

  • An SHSM is a ministry-approved program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements to graduate from secondary school. It also assists in their transition after graduation to apprenticeship training, college, university or the workplace.

Key Benefits of an SHSM

Pursuing a SHSM enables students to:
  • Customize their secondary school education to suit their interests and talents
  • Develop specialized knowledge and skills
  • Earn credits that postsecondary educational institutions and the sector recognize
  • Gain sector-recognized certification and career-relevant training
  • Develop Essential Skills and work habits documented through the Ontario Skills Passport
  • Identify, explore and refine career goals and make informed decisions about their future.

How is an SHSM recognized?

Students who successfully complete an SHSM receive:
  • An Ontario Secondary School Diploma with an embossed red seal
  • An SHSM Record documenting his/her achievement
  • Formal recognition on his/her Ontario Student Transcript

For the 2012-13 school year, SHSMs are available in the following sectors:

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