SHSM

What is the Specialized High Skills Major?

Specialist High Skills Majors let students focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). View the SHSM Fact Sheet.

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Students receive the SHSM's distinctive red seal on their diploma when they:

    • complete a specific bundle of 8-10 courses in the student's selected field including a two credit coop placement
    • earn valuable industry certifications including first aid, WHMIS and CPR qualifications
    • gain important skills on the job with employers

Each SHSM consists of five required components:

1. Bundled Credits - defined bundle of credits consisting of eight to ten Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits, including cooperative education.

2. Certification and Training Sector-recognized certifications and training courses and programs.

3. Experiential learning and career exploration activities Experiential learning and career exploration activities within the sector.

4. Reach-Ahead Experiences Learning experiences connected with the student’s post-secondary plans.

5. Connection with community partners to deliver either a coding project, a numeracy/literacy project or an innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship project.

View the province-wide SHSM infographic.

There are 11 SHSM programs offered within the St. Clair Catholic District School Board:

St. Patrick’s High School (Sarnia) Application Form

St. Patrick's SHSM: Arts & Culture
St. Patrick's SHSM: Construction
St. Patrick's SHSM: Health & Wellness (Health focus)
St. Patrick's SHSM: Health & Wellness (Fitness focus)
St. Patrick's SHSM: Hospitality & Tourism
St. Patrick's SHSM: Information & Communication Technology
St. Patrick's SHSM: Manufacturing

Ursuline College (Chatham) Application Form

For more information please contact Warren Seton - warren.seton@st-clair.net