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Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)


Heart Lake Offers 2 SHSM programs:

·        Arts and Culture

·        Information and Communication Technology

(please click on each program for further information)


What is a Specialist High Skills Major?

An SHSM is a ministry-approved specialized program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic 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


View a video about the Specialist High Skills Major Program: click here!

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