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What is a SHSM?

A Specialist High Skills Major is a program that allows  students to focus their courses on a career path that matches their interests and individual skills.

It is expected that many SHSM Environment  students will have an interest in conservation, sustainability, nature and the outdoors. 


What courses do you take?

- 4 Environment "Major" credits  in Grade 11 and Grade 12  which include a variety of science, social science and technology courses.

- 2 supporting credits in English and 1 supporting credit in Math

- 2 credits in Cooperative Education (Fall / Winter / Summer option)


Students will need to build their timetable in consultation with their Guidance Counsellor in order to meet all the SHSM Environment requirements. 


Students will complete 4 compulsory certifications that are specific to the environment sector:

- Standard First Aid

- CPR 'C' Training

- Global Positioning Systems


Students will also have the opportunity to complete 3 or more sector recognized elective certifications.

Reach Ahead Experiences

These experiences enable students to make informed choices about future careers or post-secondary destinations in the environmental sector.  Experiences can range from interviewing an employee to visiting an apprenticeship facility to attending college or university classes. Some Dual Credit programs at community colleges may also be available.   Please visit our program website for a look at some reach ahead experiences over the years.


Experiential Learning Opportunities


These planned learning activities take place outside of the traditional classroom and can include: job-shadowing, job-twinning, work experiences or field trips.  Please visit our program website for a look at some reach ahead experiences over the years.


Possible Career Paths

Apprenticeship: Landscape and Horticulture Technician, Arborist, Agriculture - Dairy Herdsperson, and more.

College:  Conservation and Fisheries Officer, Civil Engineering Technician / Technologist, Manager in Aquaculture, Forestry Technician, Biological / Chemical Technologists, and more

University: Outdoor Educator,  Chemical / Civil / Biological Engineer, Urban and Land Use Planner, Landscape Architecture, and more

Workplace: Outdoor and Sports Recreation Guide, Water and Waste Treatment Operator, Material handler, and more.


For more information about the Humberview SHSM Environment program,
contact Ms. Demme at ext. 557 or the Guidance Department.
Humberview SHSM Environment Website :
Ministry of Education SHSM Environment website:
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