Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

What is involved?

The Specialist High Skills Major is a fabulous program that gives students a focus in their senior high school years that leads to all post-secondary destinations (apprenticeship, college, university, and work). A student must take 2 Grade 11 and 2 Grade 12 courses in a specialized area, and a co-operative education course. It also involves contextualized units in Math and English where the focus is in the specific sector.

Students will also have the opportunity to explore experiential learning and reach ahead activities such as field trips, competitions, etc. At the conclusion of the program, students will receive a special Red Seal diploma and transcript as evidence of their completion of a Specialist High Skills Major.

Sectors for Specialist High Skills Majors


Check out http://www.schooltocareer.ca for more information. Contact Cathy Jenkins at jenkinsc@hcdsb.org or 905-630-1619 for more information.​

  • ​Arts & Culture
  • Business
  • Construction / HVAC / Technological Design
  • Community & Emergency Services
  • Energy
  • Environmnent
  • Health Care Sciences / Medical Technology
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Information & Communication Technology
  • Justice, Community Safety & Emergency Services
  • Landscaping & Horticulture
  • Manufacturing
  • Non-Profit
  • Sports
  • Transportation

2014 - 2015 Course Offerings

Area School​ ​Sector
Milton​ ​Jean Vanier ​**Sport Performance
​Bishop Reding ​Construction
​Bishop Reding ​Transportation
​Bishop Reding ​Information and Communication Tech
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Halton Hills​ ​Christ the King ​Arts and Culture
​Christ the King ​Information and Communication Tech
​Christ the King ​Sports
​Christ the King **Construction
​Christ the King **Hospitality and Culinary Arts
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Burlington Assumption Information and Communication Tech
Corpus Christi ​Sports
​Notre Dame ​Business
Notre Dame Horticulture
Notre Dame Hospitality
​Notre Dame ​Information and Communication Tech
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Oakville Holy Trinity Business
Loyola ​Health and Wellness
Loyola **Hospitality and Culinary Arts
St. Thomas Aquinas Health and Wellness 

** denotes new program for the 2014/15 school year.


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