Specialist High Skills Major

A Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is a ministry-approved specialized program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements to graduate from secondary school. It also assists in their transition after graduation to apprenticeship training, college, university or the workplace.​ These programs help to meet the needs, interests and strengths of all students, engaging them in learning and better preparing them for graduation and beyond.

The London District Catholic School Board offers a variety of different SHSM sectors with programs in each of our nine secondary schools: 

School ​SHSM Sectors Offerred
​Catholic Central (CCH) ​Health and Wellness (Leap)
Sports (Leap)
Hospitality and Tourism (Culinary focus)
Environment (ELP)
Non Profit
​Holy Cross (HCC) ​Agriculture (Equipment Maintenance Focus)
Non Profit
​John Paul II (JPII) ​Hospitality and Tourism (Culinary Focus)
Information and Communications Technology (Design focus)
Arts and Culture (Visual Arts and Music Focus)
Manufacturing
Sports
​Mother Teresa (MTS)
​Construction
Health and Wellness (Health Care and Fitness focus)
Information and Communications Technology (Robotics)
Non Profit
​Regina Mundi (RMC) ​Health and Wellness (Fitness focus)
Sports 
Transportation Technology
Environment
​St. Andre Bessette (SAB) ​Arts and Culture (Leadership in Music, Dance, Drama)
Justice, Communication and Emergency Services
Sports
​St. Joseph's ​Arts and Culture (Drama and Music)
Hospitality and Tourism (Culinary Focus)
Agriculture (Horticulture and Green Industries) 
Health and Wellness (Health Care Focus)
​St. Mary's SS ​Arts and Culture (Visual Arts)
Sports
Non Profit
Manufacturing
Information and Communication Technology (Broadcasting and Comm Tech)
Hospitality and Tourism (Hairstyling and Esthetics focus) 
​St. Thomas Aquinas (STA) ​Arts and Culture (Tech theatre)
Construction
Health and Wellness
Sports
Information and Communication Technology (Comm Tech)
Non Profit
​Regional Programs
*These are program sectors that can be accessed by students in the LDCSB in all of the nine secondary schools
​Aviation

 

SHSM by Specialty

The SHSM in Agriculture enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace. This SHSM is designed to have a particular focus, which is on agricultural equipment and transportation. This focus is achieved through the selection of the four major credits in the bundle. (MOE, SHSM Policy Document, 2014)

For more information about our Agriculture program click here.

 

The SHSM in Arts and Culture enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace. Each London District Catholic School that has an Arts and Culture SHSM offers a unique focus. According to the Canada Council for the Arts, arts and culture are essential elements in the new global economy- not only for their entertainment value but also for the skills they develop in individuals. (MOE, SHSM Policy Document, 2010)

For more detailed information about our Arts and Culture program click here.​

​Offered at:

John Paul II
St. Andre Bessette​
St. Joseph's​
St. Mary's
St. Thomas Aquinas

The SHSM in Aviation and Aerospace enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or entry-level position in the workplace. The ever-changing nature of aviation and aerospace, the complexity of supply chain dynamics, and the accelerated pace of change in the aerospace sector provide ample career opportunities for Ontario students. (MOE, SHSM Policy Document, 2010)

For more information about our Aviation program click here.​

Information about the Aviation SHSM can be found on the John Paul II​ website. However, this program is available as a regional SHSM program to students in all LDCSB secondary schools.

The SHSM–Construction enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace.

For more information please visit the ministry site by clicking here.

The SHSM in Environment enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace. Employment in the environment sector has boomed in recent years, and, according to industry experts, existing labour shortages in this sector are expected to increase as regulations to meet Canada’s goals regarding climate change come into effect. The scope of the environment industry is very broad and is a component, to varying degrees, of every industry in Canada. (MOE, SHSM Policy Document, 2010)
 
For more detailed information about our Environment program click here.​
 
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The SHSM in Health and Wellness enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace. Each of our LDCSB schools that offer an SHSM in Health and Wellness have a unique focus. Kinesiologist, child care worker, audiologist, fitness instructor, doctor, nurse, physiotherapist, youth care worker, hospital porter, and medical technician are just some of the numerous and varied occupations in the health and wellness sector. This sector not only has a wide variety of careers, but also is significant for the number of workers it employs. The demand for health and wellness professionals will only increase as our population ages and the demands on the health care sector rise. (MOE, SHSM Policy Document, 2010​)

For more detailed information about our Health and Wellness program click here.

 

The SHSM in Hospitality and Tourism enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace. The tourism industry presents many advantages for employees because it offers a selection of well over 400 occupations. Tourism jobs also tend to provide plenty of opportunities for advancement, widely transferable skills, and ongoing training. Between now and 2025, spending on tourism goods and services in Canada is expected to grow to $201 billion, and it is estimated that 219,000 tourism jobs will go unfilled due in part to declining birth rates and an aging workforce. (MOE, SHSM Policy Document, 2010​)

For more detailed information about our Hospitality and Tourism program click here.​

Offered at:

Catholic Central High
John Paul II
St. Joseph's​
St. Mary SS (Hair Styling and Aesthetics) focus

The SHSM in ICT enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace. Each of the LDCSB schools offering an ICT SHSM have a unique focus. The ICT sector continues to transform our economy and everyday life. Core industries in this sector include: communications systems, computer systems, and software and digital media. Students enrolled in the ICT SHSM will be involved in today’s rapid and exciting changes in technology and will contribute to new and emerging media and technologies in the years to come​. (MOE, SHSM Policy Document, 2010)

For more detailed information about our ICT program click here.​

 

The SHSM in Justice, Emergency and Community Safety enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace. This sector includes areas such as emergency services, emergency management, community safety administration, correctional services, and the armed forces. With its low rates of unemployment and high future retirement rates, this sector offers excellent prospects for employment​​. (MOE, SHSM Policy Document, 2010​)

For more detailed information about our Justice, Emergency and Community Safety program click here.​

​Offered at: St. Andre Bessette​

The SHSM in Manufacturing enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace. Each of our LDCSB schools that offer a Manufacturing SHSM have a unique focus. In Ontario, the manufacturing sector still accounts for the greatest number of jobs with its production of consumer and industrial goods that are essential for the province’s prosperity. The manufacturing industry is committed to addressing skills development, labour market, and human resource issues across the various sectors within Canadian manufacturing. This will provide new employment opportunities for students choosing to pursue a career in this sector.

 

For more detailed information about our Manufacturing program click here.​

 

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The SHSM in Non Profit enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace. The non-profit sector offers a range of careers that are dynamic, engaging, and rewarding. Countless career paths are available for people who share in the sector’s common vision: to make a difference. The sector’s employers include some 69,000 non-profit organizations nationwide. They are active in a variety of areas: recreation, health and social services, religion, development and housing, arts and culture, sports and recreation, the environment, education and research, fundraising, and law, advocacy, and politics- both in Canada and internationally. (MOE, SHSM Policy Document, 2010​)

 

For more detailed information about our Non Profit program click here.​

The SHSM in Sports enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace. Canada’s sports industry is growing. Dozens of cities now have professional sports teams and franchises. In Ontario, there are over 25 professional teams in sports ranging from hockey to lacrosse to soccer. The Canadian sports sector generates around $8 billion a year, according to the Canada Foundation for Innovation. Resources and Skills Development Canada states that there is a significant scope for new job seekers in recreation and sport. (MOE, SHSM Policy Document, 2010)

 

For more detailed information about our Sports program click here.​

The SHSM in Transportation enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace. Transportation affects our lives in a multitude of ways. We drive cars for everyday purposes, use mass transit to commute to work, and take flights and cruises on holidays. Transportation systems move raw materials to manufacturers and finished products to consumers- locally, nationally, and globally. The transportation employment sector has grown steadily over the years, reflecting a high demand for qualified personnel. (MOE, SHSM Policy Document, 2010​)

For more detailed information about our Transportation program click here.​

Offered at: Regina Mundi