What is a Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)?
A Specialist High Skills Major is a Ministry approved specialized program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector, while meeting the requirements of their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). The program assists in their transition from secondary school to apprenticeship training, college, university, or the workplace. An SHSM enables students to gain sector-specific skills and knowledge in the context of engaging, career-related learning environments and helps them focus on graduation and on pursing their postsecondary goals.
Components of the Program Include:
Specialized Bundle of Nine or Ten SENIOR Credits (depending on the SHSM) that includes a co-op placement of at least TWO CO-OP CREDITS
Sector-Partnered Contextualized Experiences
Reach Ahead Experiences
SHSM's at Westlane:
Agriculture (new and under development, e-brochure to follow)
- Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
DSBN Regional SHSM's:
- DIG IT SHSM Horticulture (runs out of Westlane)
- Home Build Construction
Students can sign up for SHSM in Grade 11 (you can indicate you interest in the program at the end of Grade 10).
Please speak to your tech teacher about the requirements and how to sign up.
SHSM CONSTRUCTIONI - WESTLANE
SHMS ICT - Westlane
SHSM TRANSPORTATION - WESTLANE
SHSM HORTICULTURE - WESTLANE
Please note the the Horticulture Brochure is just for reference.
Since Westlane has now taken over the Regional DIG IT program a new brochure is in development, the same goes for the New Agriculture SHSM. Many of the courses will be similar but this brochure cannot be taken as 100% accurate.