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A Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is a specialized program approved by the Ministry of Education that provides students with courses and activities that focus on a specific work-related sector.  A SHSM enables students to customize their high school experience to suit their interests and talents and prepare for a successful post-secondary transition to apprenticeship training, college, university, or employment, while meeting the requirements of the OSSD.  The major enables students to gain the sector-identified preparatory credits, skills and knowledge, and make informed career decisions.  This makes the learning environment more engaging for students, focuses them on graduation and prepares them to pursue their career goals.  Information about SHSM opportunities at SCDSB secondary schoMy SHSM.jpgols can be found at



New.pngSHSM Scholarship Information:

See the information below regarding scholarships available for students who have completed an SHSM program:

 SHSM Scholarship Info.pdf

Niagara College SHSM Scholarships.pdf

Orillia Secondary School offers two Specialist High Skills Major programs:

1)   Construction

Here are some useful documents regarding the SHSM Construction program at O.S.S.:

Construction Dates.pdf

Construction Letter to Parents.pdf

SHSM Construction Application.pdf

2)   Health & Wellness​

Here are some useful documents regarding the SHSM Health & Wellness program at O.S.S.:

Health and Wellness dates.pdf

Health and Wellness Letter to Parents.pdf

SHSM Health and Wellness Application.pdf


Choosing Courses for SHSM 2016-2017.pdf