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SHSM Calendar

Nothing from November 25, 2020 to April 25, 2021.

SHSM Announcements

SHSM students Course selection

Make sure you refer to your latest SHSM progress report when choosing your courses for next year.
See your guidance counsellor or Mrs. Crowell in coop (2nd floor) if you have questions.

By |February 1st, 2019|

SHSM students Course selection

Make sure you refer to your latest SHSM progress report when choosing your courses for next year.
See you guidance counsellor or Mrs. Crowell in coop (2nd floor) if you have questions.

By |February 7th, 2018|

Are you on the wait list for an SHSM trip or training?

If you are on the waiting list, come to the meeting spot at the departure time listed on the confirmation page; you will be admitted based on whether or not all confirmed students show up. On the day of the event, if spaces are available wait listed students will be admitted based on their position on the waiting list. For example, the student in position #2 will be taken before the student wait listed #4 by the supervisor.

By |October 18th, 2017|

SHSM registration deadline near!

Grade 11 students: Are you still considering joining SHSM? The deadline is Thursday, October 12. Don’t miss out on your opportunity for fantastic educational experiences outside of the classroom! See Mrs. Crowell or your Guidance Counsellor today to sign up!

By |October 5th, 2017|

SHSM Recruitment Fair

Have you been hearing SHSM kicked around and want to know more about this great opportunity to help you prepare for life after high school? Please join us Tuesday, September 19 in the atrium at lunch. There will be staff and current SHSM students that can help you navigate the Specialist High Skills Major program in our school and get you registered for a fantastic array of trips, training and industry specific certificates!

By |September 14th, 2017|

What is it?

The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is a Ministry approved award you can earn during grade eleven and twelve. It is valuable because it shows that you have focused your education toward a particular employment sector (major). Check out www.highskills.ca for more information.

Speak to your Guidance counsellor about registering for the program!

Did you know?

  • 50% of gr. 11 and gr. 12 students at St. Benedict are registered in the Specialist High Skills Major program.
  • St. Benedict offers 11 different majors including:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Business
    • Construction
    • Energy
    • Environment
    • Health and Wellness
    • Hospitality & Tourism
    • Information Communication Technology
    • Justice & Community Service
    • Manufacturing
    • Transportation
  • SHSM is available for students in all pathways
    • Apprenticeship
    • College
    • University
    • Workplace

Why get involved?

Students who successfully complete all components of the program earn a Specialist High Skills Major (Red Seal) designation on their Diploma.

Some secondary institutions offer scholarships. For example, the University of Guelph-Humber offers a $500 Entrance Award for students in these majors: Arts & Culture, Business, Health & Wellness, Information & Communications Technology, and Justice & Community Services. Read more about it on their website.

Are you in grade 9 or 10?

Start thinking about and planning on taking your Specialist High Skills Major.
Students participate in:
COURSES – Specific grade 11 and 12 courses
CERTIFICATIONS – Earn Industry recognized Certifications (organized by the school)
COOP – complete 2 credits in COOP

To get started…

  1. Visit www.highskills.ca to choose your major.
  2. Complete the participation form and submit it to the guidance office.
  3. During grade 10 course Selections (February) choose required gr. 11 courses listed on www.highskills.ca
  4. Consider taking a COOP in Grade 11 OR Grade 12 OR during summer school OR during night school
  5. Stay tuned for certificate training session, invitations will be given to you in your period 1 class.

Already registered as an SHSM student?

Get ready for a great year of certifications and training sessions that will allow you to explore and learn more about your future career.
For Grade 11 Course Selection: Choose grade 12 required courses found at www.highskills.ca
Have you taken your CO-OP yet? If not, now is the time to choose CO-OP.

Do you want to see if a course can be used for SHSM?


Contact your guidance counsellor or Mrs. Crowell in the Co-Op Office.

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