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Specialist High Skills Majors

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The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) encourages you to focus your secondary school education toward a career area of your choice.  No matter whether you plan to go to work, apprenticeship, or college/university you can earn a SHSM. The SHSM symbol on your diploma lets employers and post secondary education know that you have knowledge, skills, and industry-recognized qualifications related to a particular career field.  Requirements for the SHSM include:

  • 4 credits related to the major area of study
  • 3 or 4 additional required credits in relevant areas like English, Math, Science or Business
  • 2 Co-op credits related to the major area of study
  • completion of sector-recognized certifications and/or training courses related to the major area of study

St. Mary's High School offers Specialist High Skills Majors in:

& Culture
Business  Construction
Energy Health
& Wellness
& Tourism 
Information & Communications Justice, Community Safety
& Emergency Services

Students interested in pursuing a SHSM must complete a
Participation Form and Trip Permission Form Completed SHSM forms may be submitted along with your Course Request Sign Off Sheet, or dropped off in the Guidance office.


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