March 28, 2013

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

Grade 11 students enrolled in Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs are invited to attend the Peel District School Board’s first SHSM student conference on April 5 at the Mississauga Grand Banquet Centre in Mississauga. Guest speaker Sean Aiken will present the One-Week Job Project, encouraging students to pursue their passion and explore different opportunities available in the workforce.

“This is an extremely valuable opportunity for grade 11 students in SHSM programs across Peel,” says Patricia Rossall, superintendent of alternative programs. “The conference allows students to enhance their skills and knowledge to prepare them for all post-secondary pathways.”

Students who attend the conference will complete one certification/training program and one Reach Ahead career planning component that count towards their SHSM Red Seal Diploma.

SHSM is a ministry-approved program that allows students to focus their learning in a specific area of interest. Students in grades 11 and 12 who are interested in career pathways including apprenticeship training, college, university and the workplace can enrol in a 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
• Sports
• Transportation

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Mississauga Grand Banquet Centre is located at 35 Brunel Rd. in Mississauga.


Media contact:  Patricia Rossall, Superintendent of Alternative Programs,
905-890-1010, ext. 3265 or [email protected]

Ross Newhook, Instructional Co-ordinator, Career and Guidance Education (acting), 905-890-1010, ext. 2551 or [email protected]

Deborah Vieira, Instructional Resource Teacher, Student Success/Learning to 18, Pathways, SHSM, 905-890-1010, ext. 2240 or [email protected]

Reference:  Ryah Kazman, Communications Assistant, 905-890-1010, ext. 2725 or [email protected]


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