May 24, 2016

Peel board increase Specialist High Skills Major programs to 47 programs, 12 sectors

In September 2016, grade 11 and 12 students will have the opportunity to enrol in new Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs. SHSM programs allow students to focus on a specific economic sector, while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma.
 
"Specialist High Skills Major programs offered by the Peel District School Board allow students to take courses toward a career that matches their interests and skills, while earning their high school diplomas," says Carol Speers, superintendent of alternative programs. "By expanding the number of programs offered, we have increased students' opportunities to customize their education and build on their strengths and interests."
 
The following Ministry of Education-approved SHSM sectors, which begin in the following Peel schools in September 2016, give students opportunities to work with industry partners, gain work experience and build skills:
  • Health and Wellness – John Fraser Secondary School 
  • Justice, Community Safety and Emergency Services – Port Credit Secondary School

Students earn credits in sector-related and Co-operative Education, courses and complete recognized certifications and training. In addition, students take part in experiential learning and reach ahead activities outside the classroom and use the Ontario Skills Passport to develop and record essential skills and work habits. 

​Currently the Peel board offers the following 47 programs and 12 SHSM sectors:

Sectors​ School

 

Arts and Culture

Cawthra Park
Heart Lake
John Fraser
Louise Arbour
The Woodlands

Business

Central Peel
Harold M. Brathwaite
Meadowvale
North Park
Sandalwood Heights
TL Kennedy

Construction

Fletcher's Meadow
Meadowvale
West Credit

EnvironmentHumberview
Health and Wellness

Chinguacousy
Fletcher's Meadow
Humberview
John Fraser
Mississauga
The Woodlands

Hospitality and Tourism

Gordon Graydon
Louise Arbour
Rick Hansen
Sandalwood Heights
Turner Fenton
West Credit

Information and Communications Technology

Brampton Centennial
Castlebrooke
Heart Lake
TL Kennedy

Justice, Community Safety and Emergency Services

Harold M. Brathwaite
Port Credit

Manufacturing

Chinguacousy
Clarkson
Port Credit
Rick Hansen

Non-Profit

Gordon Graydon
Stephen Lewis

Sports

Applewood Heights
Castlebrooke
Central Peel
David Suzuki
Lorne Park

Transportation

Bramalea
Humberview
Lincoln Alexander

 

For more information about SHSM programs and other school offerings, visit www.makingmyway.ca and www.ontario.ca/SHSM.


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Media contact: 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

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