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Key Benefits of a Specialist High Skills Major

Pursuing an SHSM helps students to:
 Gain important skills on the job with actual employers, at skills training centres and at school.
 Earn valuable industry certifications, incluidng first aid and CPR qualifications. 
Customize their secondary school education to suit their interests and talents.
Develop specialized knowledge and skills.
Earn credits that postsecondary educational institutions and the sector recognize.
Gain sector-recognized certification and career-relevant training.
Develop essential skills and work habits documented through the Ontario Skills Passport.
Identify, explore and refine career goals and make informed decisions about their future.
Remain flexible, with the option to shift between pathways, should their goals and plans change.
Students who successfully complete an SHSM receive an Ontario Secondary School Diploma with an embossed red seal and an SHSM Record documenting his/her accomplishments.
How do I find out more?
SHSM programs are available in all public school boards across the province. For more information about what is available, please contact your school principal or the Student Success Leader at your school board. More detailed information about SHSMs and how they work can be found at