Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) - Health & Wellness

Health and Wellness Specialist High Skills Major

What is a Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)?

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  • The SHSM is a ministry-approved specialized program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSO) and assist in their transition from secondary school to apprenticeship, college, university, or the workplace.
  • A SHSM enables students to sector -specific skills and knowledge in the context of engaging, career-related learning environments and helps them focus on graduation and on pursuing their postsecondary goals.
  • Every SHSM must include the following five components, which are outline in detailed in individual guides for each sector:
    • A bundle of 8-10 Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits that includes: 4 major credits that provide sector-specific knowledge and skills
    • 2-4 other required credits from the Ontario curriculum, in which some expectations are met through learning activities contextualized to the sector
    • 2 cooperative education credits that provides authentic learning experience in the workplace setting, enabling students to refine, extend, and practice sector-specific knowledge and skills
    • Experiential learning activities within the sector
    • "reach ahead" experiences connected with the student's chosen postsecondary pathway, which may include dual credit
    • Development of Essential Skills and work habits required in the sector, and students will engage in sector­ partnered contextualized experiences
  • A SHSM may be complemented with a dual credit; the dual credit may be timetable within the Cooperative Education program.

How does a SHSM benefit students?

  • A SHSM allows students to experience a range of customized learning opportunities in an area that interest them, and brings relevance to learning.
  • A SHSM program gives students the opportunity to explore, identify and refine career goals, make informed decisions related to postsecondary education or training, and focus on 'next steps' towards a career.
  • Through a SHSM, students begin to establish relationships and networks in their chosen fields and gain confidence in their ability to succeed.
  • Students who have earned a SHSM can provide evidence in their achievement (e.g., sector­ recognized certifications and training programs) to prospective employers and postsecondary education or training instructions.

Health and wellness certifications

Compulsory Certifications

  • Standard First Aid and CPR
  • Infection Control

Optional Certifications Examples:

  • Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE)
  • Ambulation, Lifting and Transfers
  • Mental health First Aid
  • Child Safety and Injury Prevention

Potential Occupations in the Sector

  • Child and Youth Worker
  • Pharmacist
  • Community and Social Service Worker
  • Dentist
  • Registered Nurse
  • Certified Personal Trainer

Occuoations in the Health & Wellnes Sector chart

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For more information please contact Julian Fiorio  
at 416-395-3290 ext 20139 or by 
email at Julian.Fiorio@tdsb.on.ca