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Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)
Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs are ministry-approved, specialized, career-focused programs that allow students to acquire technical knowledge and skills in specific economic sectors while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Boards and schools may offer only the Specialist High Skills Major programs for which they have been granted ministry approval. A school approved to offer an SHSM program will offer the program in all four pathways: apprenticeship training, college, university, and the workplace. SHSM programs may be connected to a Focus Program or Dual Credit Program offered in the Limestone District School Board.

Students earning SHSM will be able to make more informed career decisions and ultimately be better prepared for their post-secondary destination of choice. Students who have earned the SHSM can provide evidence of their achievement of sector-recognized certifications and training programs to prospective employers and postsecondary educational or training institutions.

The components of the SHSM as defined in the document Specialist High Skills Majors: Policy and Implementation are as follows;
  • a defined bundle of credits consisting of 8 to 10 Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits, including 2 cooperative education credits.
  • up to 7 certifications and recognized within the sector, including ICE training (Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship)
  • experiential learning and career exploration activities or projects related to the sector.
  • reach-ahead experiences or events connected to the student’s postsecondary plans.
  • Essential Skills and work habits required in the sector and recorded in the Ontario Skills Passport (OSP).
Students learning in the Sports Therapy Injury Management SHSM Program.Students who complete the requirements for the OSSD and for an SHSM will receive an OSSD embossed with a red “Specialist High Skills Major” seal. Credits earned towards an SHSM are indicated on the Provincial Report Card, and completion of an SHSM program is recorded on the Ontario Student Transcript. In addition, students receive an SHSM Record card outlining their achievement with respect to the five required components, and a copy of that record is filed in the student’s Ontario Student Record (OSR)

Students who do not complete all the requirements for an SHSM or who transfer to another school before completing the SHSM program should receive a copy of their SHSM Record Card with the notation “Partially Completed”. A copy will also be filed in the student’s OSR. Specialist High Skills Major programs must be developed and implemented in accordance with the requirements outlined in Specialist High Skills Majors: Policy and Implementation Document.

Contextualized learning activities (CLAs)

For the “other required credits” in the bundle of credits, students in a Specialist High Skills Major program must complete learning activities that are contextualized to the knowledge and skills relevant to the economic sector of the SHSM. Contextualized learning activities (CLAs) address curriculum expectations in these courses.  Typically CLAs will take a minimum of 6 hours to complete.

The CLAs are available to teachers on the e-Community site. If you require a login or instructions for the e-Community site please contact the LDSB eLearining Coordinator.

SHSM Programs 2016-17 School Year

Arts and Culture
Bayridge and the Arts
Bayridge Secondary School
Ernestown and the Arts
Ernestown Secondary School
Frontenac and the Arts
Frontenac Secondary School
KCVI and the Arts
Kingston Collegiate & Vocational Institute
LaSalle and the Arts
LaSalle Secondary School
Loyalist and the Arts
Loyalist Collegiate & Vocational Institute
Napanee and the Arts
Napanee District Secondary School

Addington Highlands Construction Program
North Addington Education Centre
Building Construction Intern Program
Ernestown Secondary School
Renovation Plus Program
Loyalist Collegiate & Vocational Institute

Energy Management Sustainable Communities
Ernestown Secondary School

Environmental Leadership
Bayridge Secondary School

Health and Wellness
Black Knights SHSM Health and Wellness
LaSalle Secondary School
Academy of Hair
Loyalist Collegiate & Vocational Institute
Frontenac Health & Wellness
Frontenac Secondary school
Health & Wellness
Granite Ridge Education Centre

Hospitality and Tourism
Baking and Business Cook Program
Bayridge Secondary School
Cook’s Intern Program
Loyalist Collegiate & Vocational Institute

The Northern Forester
Granite Ridge Education Centre

Mechanical Millwright Intern Program
LaSalle Secondary School
Sydenham Manufacturing and Fabrication
Sydenham High School

High Performance Athletics
Loyalist Collegiate & Vocational Institute
Sports Therapy Injury Management
Loyalist Collegiate & Vocational Institute

Performance Power Technology
Sydenham High School
Automotive Intern
Napanee District Secondary School

How to get started with SHSM

Students in Grade 10 interested in an SHSM sector should speak to a guidance counselor or subject teacher in their school related to the SHSM sector offered at their location. Students in Grade 10 can pre-identify as an SHSM participant in their school by completing the school specific application form.

Students in Grade 11 will identify to their guidance counselor but it will require the student and the parent to understand the SHSM program does have an added level of rigor applied over a two year period, not always suited to all students.

Students in Grade 12 can identify typically in circumstances where many of the components are already in place and the student is aware of the elements still to be completed before graduation.
SHSM student participants must be entered in the Student Management System (Trillium) in order to track all of the components of the SHSM.

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To learn more about SHSM, please contact your school's Student Services Department
LDSB Expanded Opportunities Consultant
Office 613-544-6925  Ext - 277
Cell: 613-328-7350

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