Specialist High Skills Major at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Students take a bundle of 8-10 courses in Grades 11 and 12 including 4 “major” credits in their area of interest. English, mathematics, science , or business courses are designed to complement the “majors”.
Students take at least 2 co-op credits and get valuable experience related to their SHSM.
St. Thomas Aquinas CHS offers 2 different SHSM; The Environment and Health and Wellness.
after starting the program a student decides that this is not for them?
All credits earned in an SHSM program count towards the completion of a standard Ontario Secondary School Diploma.
Any certifications or training gained will hold a student in good stead fro part-time jobs or work placements. Co-op is a valuable experience, allowing a student to discover what they like doing, and just as importantly, what they don’t like doing.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES?
SHSM students will:
HEAR and SEE first hand what a career in their sector feels and looks like.
DISCOVER the relationship between school and careers;
NETWORK with post-secondary institutions, local industries, and businesses;
GAIN confidence in their ability to succeed;
COMPLETE industry recognized certifications and training;
OPEN doors for summer jobs and future employment ;
EARN a RED SEAL designation on their OSSD.
HOW TO PLAN FOR A SHSM
Plan ahead by encouraging your son or daughter to…...
INVESTIGATE her interests and passions inside and outside of school.
USE www.myblueprint.ca to start his secondary school education plan.
ATTEND Grade 9 Open House to consult with teachers and counsellors.
ENROLL in courses that align her interest, skills and academic abilities.
REVIEW and update his education plan on www.myblueprint.ca
DISCUSS program options with teachers.
CONSULT with guidance counsellors to ensure he has the pre-requisite courses.
EXPLORE opportunities in Career Studies course.
USE www.myblueprint.ca and align her post-secondary plans with her current secondary school education plan.
BEGIN the SHSM application process.
BEGIN SHSM programming.
SELECT appropriate Grade 12 SHSM courses.
COMPLETE SHSM requirements.
APPLY for post-secondary opportunities including OYAP
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