The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is an Ontario designation that allows students to focus on developing skills that match their individual abilities and interests.  Students are required to complete a bundle of nine grade 11 and 12 courses related to the SHSM Sector. At Etobicoke Collegiate Institute, we offer two Specialist High Skills Majors; Engineering Technologies and Digital Design. 

The SHSM program includes:

4 "major"  grade 11 or 12 credits in Program area 

Sector-recognized certifications and training courses 

Experiential learning (including  2 credits in Cooperative Education credits and participation in robotics competitions)

Three other required credits in grade 11 and 12 English, Mathematics and Science or Art

Field trips to post-secondary  destinations  or skills competitions

Opportunities for Dual Credit programs at Seneca, George Brown or Humber College

Students who complete the SHSM requirements graduate with a red seal on their diploma. This will indicate that a student has gained valuable sector-specific skills and knowledge and is better prepared for their post-secondary goals. 

Grade 10 students who are interested in signing up for the SHSM program, or if you would like more information, please contact Ms. Oxley, the Student Success Teacher.    meghan.oxley@tdsb.on.ca