The Specialist High Skills Majors (SHSM), launched in September 2006, are part of the Student Success Strategy initiative, which focuses on expanding quality learning opportunities and supporting success for all students. The SHSM is a ministry-approved specialized program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). This career-focussed program is also designed to help prepare students to make the transition from secondary school to apprenticeship training, college, university, or the workplace. A SHSM enables students to gain sector-specific skills and knowledge in the context of engaging, career-related learning environments and helps them focus on graduation and on pursuing their postsecondary goals.
At GEDSB, we offer the following SHSM’s:
Arts & Culture
Health & Wellness
Horticulture & Landscaping
Hospitality & Tourism
Information & Communication Technology
For more information, see SHSM Fact Sheet