Specialist High Skills Major


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The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is a specialized, Ministry-approved program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

  • St. Mary’s College offers four SHSM programs that include: Business Sector
  • Construction Sector
  • Health & Wellness Sector
  • Hospitality & Tourism Sector

How is the SHSM recognized?

Students who successfully complete the requirements of a SHSM program receive:

  • An OSSD with an embossed red seal
  • A SHSM Record Card documenting achievements, certifications and training
  • Formal recognition on the Ontario Student Transcript

Benefits of an SHSM:

  • EASE your transition to college, university, apprenticeship or workplace
  • HEAR & SEE what a career in that sector feels and looks like
  • NETWORK with local professionals, trades people, experts in the field
  • GAIN confidence in your skills and abilities
  • EARN industry recognized certifications
  • BUILD a distinguished resume or portfolio
  • OPEN doors for summer or future employment
  • GRADUATE with a red seal on your diploma