Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

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A ministry-approved specialized program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector, while meeting the requirements of an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).



  • customize your education in a sector of choice
  • experience a range of opportunities in the sector
  • earn sector-recognized certifications and training
  • network with employers and experts in the sector
  • explore, identify and refine career goals
  • develop essential skills and work habits valued by employers


SHSM Components

  1. bundle of credits
  2. sector-recognized certifications and/or training courses
  3. experiential learning activities within the sector (minimum of two cooperative education credits)
  4. “reach ahead” experiences connected with the student’s chosen postsecondary pathway
  5. development of key essential skills and work habits required in the sector


SHSM Sectors Available at Notre Dame CSS

  • Arts & Culture (Journalism focus)
  • Business
  • Non-profit
  • Sports

For more information about SHSM Program, see your Guidance Counsellor.

SHSM Applications and SHSM Trackers are available for download
or can be picked up in the Guidance office.


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