April 7, 2016

Peel’s fourth Specialist High Skills Major conference supports student pathways

More than 850 grade 11 students enrolled in Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs will attend the Peel District School Board's fourth SHSM student conference on April 12, 13, 14 or 15. Guest speaker Sean Aiken, author of The One-Week Job Project, will share his 52 jobs in 52 weeks experience with students and encourage them to pursue their passions. Students will also participate in one of eight certification and training sessions, and earn certificates upon completing the training.

"The conference allows students to earn sector-recognized certifications to prepare them for all post-secondary pathways—apprenticeship, college, community living, university and the workplace," says Carol Speers, superintendent of alternative programs. "Based on the success of the SHSM student conference over the past three years, it's important that we continue to provide students with valuable experiences to ensure they achieve continued success after high school."

SHSM is a ministry-approved program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific area of interest. Students in grades 11 and 12 can enrol in an SHSM program. The following SHSM sectors are available at Peel secondary schools:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Business
  • Construction
  • Environment
  • Health and Wellness
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Justice, Community Safety and Emergency Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Non-Profit
  • Sports
  • Transportation

For more information on the Peel board's SHSM programs, visit www.peelschools.org/SHSM. Learn more about Aiken and his project at www.oneweekjob.com/about-the-project/seans-bio.

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Media contacts: Carol Speers, Superintendent of Alternative Programs, 905-890-1010 ext. 3265, carol.speers@peelsb.com

Reference: Ryan Strang, School Communications Specialist, 905-890-1010 ext. 2725, ryan.strang@peelsb.com

Notes to media: A copy of theconference's agenda is available for complete details.

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