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Greater Essex County District School Board
Building Tomorrow Together Every Learner, Every Day
Specialist High Skills Major
What is the Specialist High Skills Major?
The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is a program that allows students to focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests. Each major consists of a bundle of 8-10 courses, certifications and training, and co-operative work experiences related to the student's selected field.
Who are they for?
Students who are heading for an apprenticeship, college, university or the workplace.

How do SHSMs help students?
Students have the opportunity to:
  • Gain important skills on the job with actual employers, at skills training centres and at school.
  • Earn valuable industry certifications, including first aid and CPR qualifications.
What SHSM sectors are offered at each school? 
What are the SHSM Sectors the GECDSB offers?
These 1-page sector guides are a quick reference to inform people about different SHSM majors that the GECDSB offers, and outline the program completion requirements needed to gain a red sealed SHSM high school diploma. 
Arts & Culture:
Health and Wellness:
Horticulture and Landscape:
Hospitality and Tourism:
Information and Communications Technology:
Justice, Community Safety and Emergency Services
How Can I Learn More About the Specialist High Skills Major Program?
Please contact Lauren Segedin at 519-255-3200 ext. 10333, or any high school guidance department.