What is a Specialist High Skills Major?

An 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.

SHSM Programs Offered at GDHS:

  • Construction Technology
  • Transportation Technology
  • Health and Wellness (application to start offering in September 2023 - stay tuned for more information)

***Despite being one of the smallest schools in the board, GDHS has the highest number of students graduating from our Specialist High Skills Major Tech Programs (Construction and Transportation).  

Key Benefits of a Specialist High Skills Major:

Pursuing an SHSM helps students to:

  • Customize their secondary school education to suit their interests and talents
  • Develop specialized knowledge and skills 
  • Earn credits that post-secondary 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

How is a Specialist High Skills Major recognized?

Students who successfully complete an SHSM receive:

  • an Ontario Secondary School Diploma with an embossed SHSM red seal
  • an SHSM Record documenting his/her achievement
  • formal recognition on his/her Ontario Student Transcript

Available Apprenticeships in Ontario

Please call one of the GDHS Contacts below for more information.

Transportation Technology - Mr. J. Rops,
Construction Technology - Mr. J. Rops, 
Guidance Counsellor - Mr. C. Taylor,
Or call:  519-287-3310

For more information about Specialist High Skills Major Programs click here


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