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SHSM – Specialist High Skills Major –Sectors include:

Arts & Culture                       Business

Health & Wellness                Transportation

The Cooperative Ed​ucation component may be completed in grade 11 or 12, earning 2 credits in a placement, thus meeting the criteria for the SHSM sector. See guidance to enrol in SHSM by grade 11.

OYAP – Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program

The student gains hands on experience in one of the 150+ skilled trades with a with licensed tradesperson at a real work site. Students may be signed as an apprentice with the Ministry of Advanced Education & Skills development (MAESD), in grade 12 and continue the apprenticeship after graduation for wages. Students must be 16 years of age or older, some trades require full day co-op, see Co-op department for details.


Dual Creditsattend college once a week

Combine the Co-op work experience, with 1 weekly, 3-4 hour, college course and earn Co-op credits and 1 college credit. See Guidance or Co-op for the list of courses being offered in each semester.


Accelerated OYAP.- dual credits for selected  trades

                      Automotive Service Technician         Plumber                        Electrician

                      General Carpenter                                Drywall/Acoustic       Floor Covering

                      Child Development Practitioner         Cook                             Baker

                      Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic 

Keen OYAP students may qualify to take the Level 1 Apprenticeship training at a college in semester 2 of grade 12 in one of the trades listed above.  Students require a full day, 4 credit co-op to accommodate this opportunity. The college portion (2 months) may earn students 1-3 credits toward their OSSD, and additional credits are earned at the Co-op placement.

Students must apply in semester 1 of grade 12 and be interviewed after attending an Open House at the college in October.  Previous OYAP Co-op experience in the chosen trade is an asset to acceptance. See the Co-op department to plan for this exciting pathway.

HPA – High Performance Athlete

Students training and competing at the national or international level of their sport, may earn a co-op credit in 1 period of a semester, upon approval.

Competitive Placements

Students apply for these placements 2+ months ahead of the start of the co-op semester, and compete with students from other schools. The Co-op department assists the students with the application process prior to the competitive interviews. Listen for announcements.

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