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Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

At St. Thomas Aquinas, we offer 3 Specialist High Skills Major Programs.
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Health and Wellness
  • Hospitality and Tourism
Specialist High Skills Majors 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.
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.
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.