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Markville SHSM - General Information 407
Markville SHSM - General Information

SHSM application form link:   (copy and paste into browser)

The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Program is a Ministry of Education approved program that allows students to focus their learning in a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). 
At Markville Secondary School we offer our students opportunities to get an SHSM designation in the following sectors:
·               Arts and Culture
·               Business
·               Environment 
·               Health and Wellness 
·               Information Communication Technology
Students interested in careers in any of the above sectors would greatly benefit from this program.
There are five components to completing an SHSM program
1.      Course work – All students will need to complete a series of 8-10 credits at the senior level (see below for details).
2.      Sector Recognized Certifications – All students need to complete a minimum of six certifications some of which are mandatory and others which are elective.
3.      Participation in experiential learning activities within the sector.
4.       “Reach Ahead” experiences to allow students to explore post high school opportunities.
5.      Using the Ontario Skills Passport (OSP) to document development of essential skills.
Students who successfully complete this program will receive a SHSM designation, in addition to their OSSD.  This SHSM specialist certification will be recognized by employers, colleges and universities and may increase career opportunities.
How does it work?  
Students apply to be in the SHSM program while in grade 10 with the program starting in their grade 11 year.  It is a two year commitment that combines:
·                   4 major compulsory credits
·                   2 or 3 complimentary elective courses
·                   A 2 credit cooperative education placement
·                   The development of an Ontario Skills Passport
·                   Earning at least six sector specific certifications
·                   Participation in “reach ahead”
·                   Experiential learning opportunities
Interested in enrolling in SHSM?  
Please see someone in Guidance or in the Co-op office (room 227) for more information. 
Also, please review the following presentation:


Additional details can be found on the Markville Course Calendar on CareerCrusing or the York Region District School Board website 

Policy documents for each of the five SHSM programs offered at Markville Secondary School can be found on the Ministry of Ontario Website.

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