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SHSM - Specialist High Skills Major 202
SHSM - Specialist High Skills Major

 Specialist High Skills Major

A Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is a specialized​​ program which allows students to experience a range of customized, career-focused learning opportunities while working towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). The Ministry of Education has developed SHSM programs for many of the industry and business sectors in the province and has authorized Aurora High School to offer four SHSM programs:   Business, Arts and Culture, Construction and Health and Wellness.

Students have the opportunity to customize their high school experience, explore new ways of learning and 'reach ahead' to their post-secondary destination of choice (apprenticeship, college, university or the workplace). Learn how your child can take advantage of these specialized programs by contacting the guidance department.

What is Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programming?

·       A Ministry of Education approved program allowing students to focus their learning in a specific sector

·       Assist in transition from high school to university, apprenticeship training, college or the workplace


What are the benefits?

·       Customize education to suit students’ strengths, interests and abilities

  • Develop specialized knowledge and skills in a Co-op placement
  • Gain sector-recognised certifications 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
  • Flexibility so shift between pathways, should goals and plans change
  • Receive SHSM Red Seal embossed on the Ontario Secondary School Diploma and official documentation of SHSM credits earned, related certifications and training received
  • Program recognition by universities, colleges, apprenticeship training and industry


Who is it for?

·       All students in grades 11 and 12 regardless of post-secondary destination


Who do I see in the school for more information?

·       See Mrs. Nerling, SHSM Co-ordinator or the Guidance Department


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