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Specialist High Skills Major

Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is a Ministry-approved specialized program that allows students in grades 11 and 12 to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements to graduate from high school with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).  It also assists them in the transition after graduation to apprenticeship training, college, university, or the workplace.

Pursuing a Specialist High Skills Major enables students to:

  • customize their secondary school education to suit their interests and talents;
  • develop specialized knowledge and skills;
  • gain sector-recognized certification and career-relevant training;
  • earn credits that the sector and post-secondary educational institutions recognize;
  • develop essential skills and work habits documented through an Ontario Skills Passport;
  • identify, explore and refine career goals and make informed decisions about their future; and,
  • remain flexible, with the option to shift between pathways should their goals or plans change.


The following SHSM courses are currently available to Grade 11 & 12 students during the 2015-2016 school year.

Holy Trinity CSS, Cornwall Health & Wellness; Arts & Culture
Notre Dame CHS, Carleton Place Construction; Health & Wellness
St. Francis Xavier CHS, Hammond Hospitality & Tourism; Transportation; Health & Wellness
St. John CHS, Perth Health & Wellness; Hospitality & Tourism
St. Joseph CSS, Cornwall Business; Transportation; Hospitality & Tourism
St. Luke CHS, Smiths Falls Construction; Hospitality & Tourism
St. Mary CHS, Brockville Arts & Culture; Non-Profit
St. Matthew CSS, Cornwall Construction; Hospitality & Tourism
St. Michael CHS, Kemptville Environment; Hospitality & Tourism; Health & Wellness
St. Thomas Aquinas CHS, Russell Environment

For specifics and more information, please contact your high school guidance department.