Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

A Specialized High Skills Major (SHSM) is a ministry-approved specialized program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector, while meeting the requirements of an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). One of the five elements of a SHSM is earning a minimum of 2 cooperative education credits that provide hands-on learning experience in a workplace setting, enabling students to refine, extend, and practice sector-specific knowledge and skills.

SHSM programs offered

We offer the following SHSM programs at Father Leo J. Austin Catholic Secondary School:

  • Arts and Culture;
  • Business;
  • Hospitality and Tourism; and
  • Transportation.

How to apply?

If you are interested in participating in the Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program, pick up an application form available in the Guidance office.


For more information about the Specialist High Skills Major program, visit the following websites:

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