Specialist High Skills Major

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What is Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)?

Students focus on a career path that matches their skills, interests and talents while earning their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

Key Benefits: 

  • Diploma with "Specialist" Designation
  • Relevant skill development through Experiential Learning
  • Industry Recognized Certifications
  • Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship Opportunities

SHSM Program Components:

  • Bundle of 7 - 9 credits (grade 11 & 12 including 2 Coop)
  • Industry Sector recognized certifications (compulsory & electives)
  • Experiential Learning (work experience & job shadowing)
  • Reach Ahead Opportunities (post secondary)
  • Essential Skills & Work habits
  • Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship (ICE)

NEW 2018-2019 Programs: (7 new programs)

  • Arts & Culture:  Performing Arts - Canterbury High School
  • Arts & Culture:  Artify:  School through a Creative Lens - Hillcrest High School
  • Health & Wellness:  Lifestyle Balance - Norman Johnston Alternate
  • Hospitality & Tourism:  Hospitality Eco Adventure Tourism - South Carleton High School
  • Manufacturing:  Product & Design - Earl of March Secondary School
  • Non-Profit:  Community & International Development - Brookfield High School
  • Transportation:  Vehicle components & Design - Osgoode Township High School

Registration Information

Students who wish to enroll in a Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program must apply in addition to filling out their home school option sheet. Contact your Guidance Counsellor for registration instructions.

SHSM programs have limited enrolment. Students will be admitted on a priority basis in the following order: homeschool; neighbouring schools; remaining schools in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. It is possible for students to attend a SHSM host school for one semester, and then return to their home school to complete diploma requirements. Please note: Transportation is provided.
Supplementary Option Sheet 2020-2021, SHSM Programs.

Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Sectors in OCDSB
There are currently 42 programs offered at schools across the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. From Business to Construction to Health & Wellness - we have the programs you want!

To learn more visit SHSM Programs and Locations for the most current information available.

Contact Us

  • For more information, please contact your Guidance Counsellor or

    Lydia Hamilton, SHSM Board Lead

    613-596-8211 ext. 8575
    133 Greenbank Road
    Ottawa ON, K2H 6L3
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