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SHSM (Specialist High Skills Majors) 412
SHSM (Specialist High Skills Majors)


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SHSM: Specialist High Skills Major Programs at Thornlea

The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is a Ministry-approved program that lets students develop the skills and professional knowledge required in various industries while earning their high school diploma.

Students take a bundle of 7-9 courses, including 2 CO-OP credits in a related job field, during their grade 11 and grade 12 years.  Students can gain experience through course work and special reach-ahead opportunities and are able to customize their high school experience to focus on an academic and career path that interests them.

At Thornlea, we have 3 SHSM programs, each one focusing on the economic sector in its area: Arts and Culture; Business; and Health and Wellness.  The courses associated with these programs cover the skills and knowledge that are required to succeed in the workplace and in post-secondary environments which lead to careers in these three sectors.

How to get started in Grade 11:

​When choosing your courses for Grade 11 on My Pathway Planner​, check off the SHSM box.  This will indicate your intent to join the program.  Also, choose the right mix of courses based on the charts above.  Remember that you have to take 2 major credits at the Grade 11 level and 2 major credits at the Grade 12 level.  You also have to take Coop in either Grade 11 or Grade 12.

Pick up an application form from Guidance or from Room 305.  Fill out the form as best you can, and bring it back to Guidance or Ms. Walker in Room 305.

Who to Contact:
For general questions, ask your Guidance counselor.  Specific questions can be brought to Mr. Anthony Hu (Thornlea Vice- Principal) and Mr. Jeff Reid (SHSM Regional Resource Teacher).

SHSM Teachers:

  • Mr. Sharrief Sims (SHSM Business Sector)
  • Mme Ilana Bern (SHSM Arts and Culture Sector)
  • Ms. Jacqueline Ross (Health and Wellness Sector)
​Note:  Because Thornlea's SHSM Program provides students with multiple subjects requisites and options from across the curriculum (including English, Math, Business, and Art), many of our teachers are involved in this program.

Documentation

Students who complete the program are awarded a special Ontario Secondary School Diploma, with a red seal, that shows they have successfully completed an approved Specialist High Skills Major program. Colleges and universities are acknowledging the extra work and understanding that comes with these programs and are now awarding scholarships in some cases.

Students also receive a record of their achievements, including certificates affirming their completion of training courses.  This can be used by the student, when seeking employment, as a record of skills and knowledge beyond the high school program.

Benefits of SHSM
  • builds both a student's theoretical and practical experience to give him or her an advantage heading into some of the most competitive and lucrative job sectors and post-secondary destinations
  • shows the student which careers are available in a specific sector, and teachers the student what he or she needs to do to be successful in that sector
  • allows the student to become aware of and/or experience post-secondary and apprenticeship opportunities
  • helps the student see concrete connections between school and work
  • helps the student get a head-start on summer job opportunities and future employment
  • helps the student make useful real-world contacts
  • allows the student to earn a specialized degree--a Red Seal Diploma--in recognition of his or her participation in specialized career-focused programming

Who can enter the SHSM Program?

The program is for all high school students who want to focus their studies in the Media, Art, Health & Wellness, Business, or Transportation sectors.  Whether your pathway leads to university, college, or directly to the workplace, the program is arranged so that you will get the educational and practical experience required to set you on your way.  You will get to try out many of the careers associated with these job sectors while in class and during special field trips. The overall experience will help you to make the right choices for your post-secondary pathway.

Certificates by Program:

Arts and Culture (Choose 6):
​Mandatory Optional​
Standard First Aid
CPR-C
WHMIS


​Stage Combat
Portfolio Development
Customer Service
Lighting and Sound Equipment
Recording Equipment
Training in Art Technique
 

Business (Choose 6):​
​​Mandatory ​Optional
Standard First Aid
CPR-C
WHMIS
Customer Service
​Management/Leadership,
Counterfeit Detection
 
Health & Wellness (Choose 6):
​Mandatory ​Optional
Standard First Aid
CPR-C
Infection Control
WHMIS​​
​​Conflict Resolution
Communication
Personality Inventory
Leadership
Automated External Defibrillation (AED)
Coaching
Customer Service
Proton
  

October 31, 2019 - First Aid and CPR Training (Mandatory Training)

"Did you know" fact: In the chain of survival, early CPR and the use of an automatic external defibrillator can increase the chance of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest up to 75 percent.

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    Our Co-Op and SHSM students received training in First Aid, Cardiopulmonary
Resuscitation (CPR) and learned how easy it can be to save a life by using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). They were taught by certified instructors. All students are now certified at the Canadian Red Cross Standard First Aid and CPR.
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November 22d, 2019 - Speed Painting Workshop with Mme Bern
Advanced Training in Art Technique: SHSM Arts and Culture students from Thornlea SS and Westmount CI participated in this workshop to learn painting techniques.

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SHSM and Potential Careers

These are just some of the potential pathways that Thornlea's SHSM programs can lead to journalist, camera operator, editor, marketing and media consultant, graphic artist, art director, photographer, public relations, account director, architect, director (film and television), advertising, production manager, service technician, automotive engineer, pilot, interior designer, automotive supply industry, fabrication, automotive customization, financial planner, accountant, international business, finance, actuary, entrepreneur, aesthetician, makeup artist, hairstylist, nurse, physician (various specialties), dentist, childcare worker, educational assistant, optometrist, physiotherapist, chiropractor, massage therapist, lab technologist, pathologist.

SHSM Program Courses (based on career pathways):

Arts and Culture:

Grade 11 Majors
(Choose 2)
Required Business
(Choose 1)
Grade 12 Majors
(Choose 2)
Required English
(Choose 1)
Cooperative
Education
Communications
Technology
(TGJ3M)

Drama (ADA3M)

Photography
(AWQ3M)

Visual Arts
(AWM3M)

Visual Design
(AWD3M)

Instrumental
Music (AMI3M)

Music Repertoire
(AMR3M)

Technological
Design (TDJ3M)

Cosmetology
(TXJ3E)

Anthropology &
Sociology
(HSP3M)

Media Studies
(EMS3O)

Marketing
(BMI3C)

Accounting
(BAF3M)

Law (CLU3M)
Communications
Technology
(tGJ4M)

Writers Craft
(EWC4U or
EWC4C)

Drama (ADA4M)

Visual Arts
(AWM4M)

Photography
(AWQ4M)

Applied Design
(AWD4M)

Instrumental
Music (AMI4M)

Music Repertoire
(AMR4M)

Canadian and
World Issues
(CGW4U)

Native Studies
(NDW4M)

Technological
Design (TDJ4M)

Cosmetology
(TXJ4E)
​English
(ENG4U
or ENG4C)
2 credits in
either
Grade 11
or
Grade 12
  
Business:

Grade 11 Majors
(Choose 2)
Required Math
(Choose 1 Grade 11
and 1 Grade 12)
Grade 12 Majors
(Choose 2)
Required English
(Choose 1)
Cooperative
Education
Marketing
(BM13C)

Law (CLU3M)

Communications
Technology
(TGJ3M)

Accounting
(BAF3M)​
Functions
(MCR3U)

College 
Foundations
(MBF3C)

Functions and
Applications
(MCF3M)

Working Math
(MEL3E)

Calculus and 
Vectors
(MCV4U)

Advanced 
Functions
(MHF4U)

Data
Management
(MDM4U)

College
Foundations
(MAP4C)

Working Math
(MEL4E)
​International
Business
(BBB4M)

Communications
Technology
(TGJ4M)

Management
(BOH4M)

Law (CLN4U)

Economics
(CIA4U)

Accounting
(BAT4M)
Grade 12
English
(ENG4U or
ENG4C or
ENG4E)
​2 credits in
either Grade 11
or Grade 12
 

Health & Wellness

Grade 11 Majors
(Choose 2)
Required Math
(Choose 1​)
Grade 12 Majors
(Choose 2)
Required
English
(Choose 1)​
​Coop Additional
Credits​
Biology (SBI3U)

Chemistry
(SCH3U)

Philosophy
(HZB3M)

Anthropology,
Psychology and
Sociology​
(HSP3C)

Healthy Active
Living (PPL3O)

Hairstyling and
Aesthetics
(TXJ3E)
Foundations
(MBF3C)

Math for work and
everyday life
(MEL3E)

Functions &
Applications
(MCF3M)

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Advanced
4U)


Data Management
(MDM4U)

Calculus and Vectors
(MCV4U)

​SBI4U Biology 
(SBI4U)

Chemistry (SCH4U)

PAF4O Personal &
Fitness Activities
(PAF4O)

Healthy Active 
Living (PPL4O)

Nutrition & Health
(HFA4C/U)

Human 
Development
(HHG4M)

e
in Society (HSB4U)

Hairstyling &
Aesthetics (TXJ4E)
English:

ENG3C

ENG3U

ENG3E

ENG4U

ENG4C

ENG4E
​2 credits
in either
Grade 11
or
Grade 12
Anthropology
(HSP3C)

Philosophy
(HZB3M)

Physics
(SPH4C/U)

Nutrition & 
Health
(HFA4U)

Human
Development
(HHG4U)
  
Work Placement Examples:
  • ​CTV Television
  • Rogers Television
  • Honda
  • Acura
  • Jaguar
  • The Liberal (Newspaper)
  • Sheraton Hotels
  • Mackenzie Health Centres (formerly York Central Hospital)
  • Financial and accounting firms
  • Physiotherapy
  • Retail sales
  • Design firms
  • Architecture firms
  • Engineering firms (Mechanical, Electrical, Environment)
  • St. Michael's Hospital
  • Sick Children's Hospital
  • Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Speech and Language Program
  • Art & Music Therapy
  • North York General Hospital
  • Markham Stouffville Hospital
  • Chiropractor
  • Public relations
  • Graphic Design
Reach Ahead and Experiential Learning Opportunities:
  • Day on Bay Street
  • Seneca College
  • York University
  • TIFF
  • Humber College
  • DECA
  • CGA Competitions
  • Skills Canada
  • Flight Masters (Flight simulator)
  • OCAD
  • Junior Economic Club

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