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​​​​​​​​​​​​Specialist ​High Skills Major

What is SHSM?
The SHSM program is a ministry-approved program that allows grade 11 and 12 students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements to graduate from high school. A SHSM program gives students the opportunity to specialize their learning, gain qualifications, and explore a career pathway while still in high school. ​

Who is SHSM for?​​
SHSM is for students who want real world experience, a better sense of the type of work they want to do, and an understanding of where a career in their chosen sector can take them. It helps students transition after graduation to their next step, whether that be apprenticeship, college, university, or workplace training. 

Why join SHSM?
​​​​​​SHSM students get to  
  • ​experience a range of customized learning opportunities in an area that interests them;
  • discover the connections between school today, the world beyond it, and their future careers;
  • develop knowledge and skills and establish relationships through workplace experience in their field;
  • earn valuable industry certifications, including First Aid and CPR qualifications, at no cost;  
  • remain flexible, with the option to shift between pathways or withdraw from the program, without any impact on their prospects for graduation.  ​

How does it work? 
Students take a bundle of courses in grades 11 and 12, including four major courses and two credits of coop related to their sector. Students also participate in several industry-recognized certification and/or training courses, career exploration activities with employers, and reach ahead experiences at colleges, universities, and training facilities. ​

​Explore our programs

Explore our programs

  • Discipleship

    We accept the call to be imitators of Christ by embracing the Beatitudes through authentic witness at the school, community, and global levels. Rooted in our commitment to transmit our Faith and Catholic tradition, we are inspired to build communities dedicated to the formation of young people who recognize their gifts and responsibilities to contribute to the transformation of the world into a more just and loving society for all.

  • Scholarship

    We believe that each student, made in the image and likeness of God and being hope for the future, can be engaged in their learning and achieve at high levels with appropriate supports. We are committed to ensuring that the potential of each student is realized through the achievement of ambitious outcomes and improving in their learning to the highest possible level.

  • Stewardship

    We embrace our responsibilities for the prudent and judicious use of the resources we have been allocated. In our context, we are committed to the development and growth of all employees, responsible and accountable practices and our call to care for all of God's creation.