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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.

Specialist High Skills Major Course Offerings

The following SHSM courses are currently available to Grade 11 & 12 students during the 2023-2024 school year.

Holy Trinity CSS, CornwallAgriculture; Health & Wellness; Arts & Culture
Notre Dame CHS, Carleton PlaceConstruction; Health & Wellness
St. Francis Xavier CHS, HammondHospitality & Tourism; Transportation; Health & Wellness
St. John CHS, PerthHealth & Wellness; Hospitality & Tourism, Construction
St. Joseph CSS, CornwallBusiness; Transportation; Hospitality & Tourism; Arts & Culture
St. Luke CHS, Smiths FallsConstruction; Hospitality & Tourism
St. Mary CHS, BrockvilleArts & Culture; Health & Wellness
St. Matthew CSS, CornwallConstruction; Hospitality & Tourism
St. Michael CHS, KemptvilleEnvironment; Hospitality & Tourism; Health & Wellness
St. Thomas Aquinas CHS, RussellEnvironment; Health & Wellness; Hospitality & Tourism


More Information

For specifics and more information, please contact your high school guidance department. Please click here for a list of schools and their contact information.