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my SHSM.jpgA 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.  An SHSM enables students to customize their high school experience to suit their interests and talents.  It also prepares them 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 sector-identified preparatory credits, skills and knowledge.  It also helps them to make informed career decisions.  This creates a learning environment that is more engaging for students, focuses them on graduation and prepares them to pursue their career goals.  Information about SHSM opportunities at SCDSB secondary schools can be found at

New.pngSHSM Scholarship Information:

Please scroll to the bottom of this page to see some scholarships available for students who have completed an SHSM program.  The Niagara College information is listed below as an illustration of the type of scholarships you will find available at some colleges and universities.

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Did you know that Specialist High Skills Major students can get a $1,000 scholarship towards their post-secondary studies at Niagara? In the past four years we have given out $400,000 in SHSM Scholarships.

Students who are eligible:

  • Direct from secondary school applicants who have received, or are in the process of receiving, a Specialist High Skills Major credential, and
  • have an average of at least 80% in courses used for admission requirements into a related Niagara College program*, and
  • who confirm their offer of acceptance by May 1, 2020

*Scholarships are valid for September 2020 intake only!

Eligible NC Programs

For more information please go to

Orillia Secondary School offers three Specialist High Skills Major programs:

1)   Construction

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

Construction Letter Home.pdf

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2)   Health & Wellness​

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

SHSM Health full chart.pdf

SHSM Health and Wellness Application.pdf

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3)  Arts & Culture - (Music, Arts & Entertainment)

Here are some useful documents regarding the SHSM Arts & Culture program at O.S.S.:

SHSM Arts full chart.pdf

new program offering.pngSHSM Arts and Culture Application.pdf

Arts and Culture Brochure.pdf

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SHSM Scholarship Information:

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

SHSM Scholarship Chart.pdf

Here are some examples from a few individual colleges and universities:

​Niagara College

​Niagara College - Arts & Culture

​Niagara College - Construction

​Niagara College - Health & Wellness

​Lakehead University

​General Scholarship Information (not necessarily related to SHSM programs)