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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|SHSM|

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

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?

Use our SHSM Course Finder.


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