What is SHSM?
The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is a specialized program that allows students to gain credits toward their Ontario Secondary School Diploma and focus their learning on a specific economic sector at the same time. The SHSM is a Ministry of Education approved program.
Students receive the SHSM seal on their diploma when they:
complete a specific bundle of 8-10 courses in the student's selected field
earn industry certifications like first aid and CPR qualifications
gain important skills on the job through cooperative education placements
Pursuing an SHSM can help students:
customize their high school education to suit their interests and talents
develop specialized knowledge and skills
earn credits that postsecondary educational institutions and employers recognize
gain sector-recognized certification and career-relevant training
engage in STEM-related activities that develop innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship
identify, explore and refine career goals and make informed decisions about their future
transition after graduation to apprenticeship training, college, university or the workplace remain flexible, with the option to shift between pathways, should their goals and plans change