Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

 The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Programs will be of benefit to students who are interested in exploring a particular career sector. Students who complete an SHSM receive their secondary school diploma with a red seal of recognition that reflects the specialized learning and experience of the program. Students who take an SHSM can look forward to improving their prospects after high school because of the recognition, certifications, experience and skills they gain in their program. The SHSM program can also assist students with clarifying their post-secondary and career goals across all pathways: apprenticeship, workplace, college, and university.

Specialist High Skills Majors are designed to help students in Grade 11 and 12 explore a career path that matches their skills and interests while also meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Students pursuing an SHSM complete a specific bundle of courses in the selected field, earn industry certifications, and gain skills through experiential opportunities in cooperative education placements.

Eastside Secondary School is pleased to offer four SHSM opportunities that afford students real-world experiences and qualifications that will prepare them for life after high school in their chosen fields.

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