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What is a Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)?

An SHSM is a ministry-approved specialized program that allows grade 11 and 12​ students to focus their learning on a s​pecific sector while meeting the requirements to graduate from ​secondary school. It also assists in their transition after graduation to apprenticeship training, college, university or the workplace.

Key benefits of an SHSM  Pursuing an SHSM enables students to:

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

How is an SHSM recognized?
Students who successfully complete an SHSM receive:

  • an Ontario Secondary School Diploma with an embossed red seal
  • an SHSM record documenting his/her achievement
  • formal recognition on his/her Ontario Student Transcript
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