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St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School
Admissions & Registration
Specialist High Skills Majors (SHSM)

Components of a SHSM Program


1.   A defined bundle of credits consisting of eight to 10 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 postsecondary plans

5.   Essential Skills and work habits - Development of Essential Skills and work habits required in the sector, recorded using the tools in the Ontario Skills Passport (OSP)‚Äč