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Information and Communications Technology
​​​​​​​SHSM Comm Tech students on video production shoot.jpgJoin the Holy Cross ICT SHSM

The Holy Cross SHSM Specialist High Skills Major in Information and Communications Technology program prepares students for post-secondary school studies and careers in a variety of computer based and media production sectors and jobs.

What do you want to be?

(Photo left: Holy Cross ICT students on a video production shoot performing numerous jobs: slate operator, camera operator, assistant camera operator, director, on-camera talent, and audio boom pole operator.)

  • SHSM ICT students with video photo audio computer equipment.jpg​Animator

  • Audio Engineer, Producer

  • Audio/Video Blogger

  • Computer Programmer

  • Film and Television Camera Operator, Editor, Producer

  • Game Developer or Designer

  • Graphic Designer, Print Project Manager

  • Journalist (Print, Radio, Social Media, Television) 

  • Photographer

  • Radio Announcer

  • Stage Technician (Lighting, Set, Sound)

  • Video Producer

  • Web Site Designer

(Photo right: Holy Cross ICT SHSM students gain experience operating various technologies: video camera, photography camera, audio microphone, and laptop computer.)

HC Comm Tech students operate a photography camera.jpg1. ICT Bundle of Credits

Students complete a bundle of courses including grade 11 and 12 Communications Technology, plus two related credits such as; grade 11 or 12 Yearbook, grade 11 or 12 Computer Studies, grade 11 or 12 Computer Engineering, or grade 11 Business Marketing.

(Photo left: Holy Cross students operate a photography camera in their Yearbook class to photograph student portraits.)


SHSM ICT students practice First Aid bandaging.jpg2. Certification and Training Experiences

Students acquire six industry recognized certification and training courses; Standard First Aid, CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and AED (Automated External Defibrillator), WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System), General Workplace Health and Safety, Fall Prevention, and Recording Equipment.

(Photo right: Holy Cross SHSM ICT students enjoy some fun during their Standard First Aid certification course practicing bandaging techniques.)

SHSM ICT student video records football for YourTV.jpg3. Experiential Learning and Career Exploration Activities

Students earn two Co-operative Education credits to gain valuable industry experience working in their career field of interest. Past students have enjoyed placements at various local businesses: Digigraphics (Graphic Design), YourTV (Television Production), Walmart Photo Studio (Photography), Leading Edge Hobbies (Web Site Production).

(Photo left: A Holy Cross SHSM ICT student operates a professional video camera for a YourTV multiple camera television production.)

HC Comm Tech SHSM students on the TSN set.jpg4. Reach Ahead Experiences

Students experience Reach Ahead activities travelling on school trips to explore post-secondary school studies opportunities visiting college and university campuses to learn about various media production programs. Past trips include; Algonquin College (Graphic Design) Concordia University (Photography), Humber College (Film and Television Production), Ryerson University (Radio and Television Arts), Sheridan College (Photography), St. Lawrence College (Graphic Design), and Queen's University (Film and Digital). Students also experience Reach Ahead activities travelling on school trips to explore career opportunities touring professional working media production facilities. Past trips include; CBC National, CKWS TV Radio, CTV National, Dome Productions, etalk, Global, and TSN.

(Photo right: Holy Cross Info and Comm Tech SHSM students on the TSN set during a tour of CTV studios, Toronto.)

HC Info and Comm Tech students listen to KCFF speaker.jpg5. Sector-partnered Experiences

Students engage with a sector partner to explore sector-related content, skills, and knowledge involving ICE (innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship) training. A past partner experience involved a day long workshop with the Kingston Canadian Film Festival to brainstorm and develop action plans to increase youth participation in the film festival.

(Photo left: Holy Cross ICT SHSM students listen to a presentation on the Kingston Canadian Film Festival to gain ideas for their ICE activity.)

​HC Information and Communications Technology SHSM Benefits

  • HC Hollywood trip students meet Chris Pratt.jpg​Provides students with a strong foundation in Communications Technology

  • Offers a wide variety of career possibilities to explore

  • Customize your learning to match your interests

  • Pursue your passion and discover your future

  • Participate in trips to Hollywood and New York city (additional fee)

  • Participate in Provincial Skills Competitions

  • Prepares students for success in post-secondary school studies

  • Social interaction, friendship, travel, and fun activities

  • Ontario Ministry of Education funded - most activities are free​

(Photo right: Holy Cross Hollywood trip students on the set of the TV show "Mom" meet celebrities Octavia Spencer, Anna Faris, Allison Janney, and Chris Pratt.)

Holy Cross SHSM Info and Comm Tech logo.jpgFor more information please contact

Mrs. Jennifer McDonald (HC SHSM ICT Advisor)

(613) 384-1919

HC ICT SHSM forms 

HC ICT SHSM Application form

HC ICT SHSM planning form