Specialist High Skills Major


SHSM at Bloor CI

Bloor CI has three SHSM Programs: Business, Health and Wellness and Information & Communications Technology. This site provides detailed information but interested students can always visit the Guidance office for more information, brochures, and for any questions they may have.

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SHSM Overview

Specialist High Skills Majors(SHSM) let students focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma ( OSSD). Students receive the SHSM seal on their diploma when they:

  • complete a specific bundle of 8-10 courses in the student's selected field
  • earn valuable industry certifications including first aid and CPR qualifications
  • gain important skills on the job through cooperative education placements.

Who are they for?

Grade 11 and 12 students who are:

  • heading for apprenticeship training, college, university or the workplace
  • wanting to identify, explore and refine their career goals and make informed choices about their next steps after secondary school.

How can they help?

Students have the opportunity to:

  • gain important skills on the job with actual employers, at skills training centres and at school
  • earn valuable industry certifications, including first aid and CPR qualifications.

Business Specialist High Skills Major

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The SHSM-Business enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace. Where local circumstances allow, boards may elect to offer one or more variants of the SHSM in a given sector, each with a particular area of focus. This SHSM may be designed to have a particular focus – for example, on entrepreneurship, finance, accounting, retail, marketing, international business, economics, management and administration, or event planning. This focus is achieved through the selection of the four major credits in the bundle.

Apprenticeship Training

  • Hardware, Lumber & Building Materials Retailer
  • Parts Technician
  • Special Events Co-ordinator

College

  • Accounting & Related Clerk
  • Administrative Clerk
  • Administrative Officer
  • Assessor, Valuator, and Appraiser
  • Banking, Insurance, & Other Financial Clerk
  • Bookkeeper
  • Conference & Event Planner
  • Court Officer and Justice of the Peace
  • Desktop Publishing Operator & Related Occupations
  • Insurance Adjuster & Claims Examiner
  • Legal Secretary
  • Loan Officer
  • Personnel & Recruitment Officer
  • Personnel Clerk
  • Processional in Business Services
  • Purchasing Agent & Officer
  • Retail & Wholesale Buyer
  • Secretary (except Legal and Medical)
  • Social Policy Researcher, Consultant, and Program Officer
  • Specialist in Human Resources
  • Supervisor – Recording, Distributing & Scheduling
  • Supervisor – Finance & Insurance Clerks

University

  • Business Development Officer and Marketing Researcher and Consultant
  • Economist and Economic Policy Researcher and Analyst
  • Executive Assistant
  • Financial And Investment Analyst
  • Financial Auditor and Accountant
  • Mathematician, Statistician, and Actuary
  • Securities Agent, Investment Dealer, and Broker
  • Social Policy Researcher, Consultant, and Program Officer
  • Specialist in Human Resources

Workplace

  • Business Development Officer and Marketing Researcher and Consultant
  • Economist and Economic Policy Researcher and Analyst
  • Executive Assistant
  • Financial And Investment Analyst
  • Financial Auditor and Accountant
  • Mathematician, Statistician, and Actuary
  • Securities Agent, Investment Dealer, and Broker
  • Social Policy Researcher, Consultant, and Program Officer
  • Specialist in Human Resources

Health & Wellness Specialist High Skills Major

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The SHSM-Health and Wellness SHSM enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace. Where local circumstances allow, boards may elect to offer one or more variants of the SHSM in a given sector, each with a particular area of focus. This SHSM may be designed to have a particular focus – for example, on health care, fitness, or child care and family services. This focus is achieved through the selection of the four major credits in the bundle.

Apprenticeship Training

  • Child and Youth Worker
  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Educational Assistant

College

  • Ambulance Attendants and Other Paramedical Occupations
  • Biomedical Engineering Technologist
  • Community and Social Service Worker
  • Dental Hygienist or Dental Assistant
  • Documentation Clerk
  • Funeral Director or Embalmer
  • Health Care Aide
  • Hospital Information Clerk
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Secretary
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Practical Nurse
  • Primary Care Paramedic
  • Registered Massage Therapist
  • Registered Orthopaedic Technologist
  • Respiratory Therapist

University

  • Audiologist or Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Chiropractor
  • Dentist
  • Dietitian
  • Family, Marriage, and Other Related Counsellors
  • Hospital Equipment Sales Representative
  • Kinesiologist
  • Medical Microbiologist
  • Medical Sonographer
  • Midwife
  • Nutritionist
  • Optometrist
  • Pharmacist
  • Podiatrist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Registered Nurse
  • Sports Therapist

Workplace

  • Blood Donor Clinic Assistant
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Doctor's Office Receptionist
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Hospital Admitting Clerk
  • Hospital Cleaner
  • Hospital Porter
  • Lifeguard
  • Recreation Program Leader4

Information & Communications Technology Specialist High Skills Major

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The SHSM-Business enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace. Where local circumstances allow, boards may elect to offer one or more variants of the SHSM in a given sector, each with a particular area of focus. This SHSM may be designed to have a particular focus – for example, on entrepreneurship, finance, accounting, retail, marketing, international business, economics, management and administration, or event planning. This focus is achieved through the selection of the four major credits in the bundle.

Apprenticeship Training

  • Computer Network Technician
  • Help Desk Technology Support Analyst
  • Telecommunications Installation and Repair/Network Cabling Specialist
  • Telecommunications Line and Cable Worker

University

  • Computer Engineer
  • Computer Programmer and Interactive Media Developer
  • Information Systems Analyst
  • Software Engineer and Designer
  • Technical Sales Specialists

College

  • Audio and Video Recording Technician 5
  • Broadcast Technician
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologist and Technician
  • Electronic Service Technician
  • Film and Video Camera Operator
  • Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Animator
  • Systems Testing Technician
  • User Support Technician
  • Web Designer and Developer

Workplace

  • Desktop Publishing Operator
  • Residential and Commercial Installer and Servicer – Satellite Dish Installer
  • Retail Salesperson and Sales Clerk
  • Telecommunications Cable Installer Helper and Splicer Helper