The Specialist High Skills Major program at the Ottawa Catholic School Board is an excellent option for students interested in pursuing a career in a specific industry. Providing students with the opportunity to explore the career sector that interests them most allows them to better prepare for their post-secondary studies and career in their chosen field.
What is the Specialized High Skills Major (SHSM) Program?
The SHSM program is available to grades 11 and 12 students, providing them with unique learning experiences to open doors for their future employment. Students who register for the SHSM program can select a field to specialize in, such as Arts and Culture, Business, Construction, Environment, Health and Wellness, Sports and Transportation. A complete list of specialized fields and the school locations that offer the programs is available on the SHSM program web page.
SHSM students must complete a co-operative education placement, which allows them to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-life work situations. Watch this video of Health and Wellness SHSM student Kaylin, highlighting her experience working at Bruyère Saint-Vincent Hospital.
How Does Co-op Fit Into the SHSM Program?
The co-operative education component of the SHSM program helps students understand the different job roles available within their chosen field of study. It also encourages them to take the initiative at their work placement, gain independence and learn transferable skills to help them get started in their future careers.
Our Educators help guide the students through getting and maintaining a job by teaching them how to write a resume, providing them with advice for their interviews and directing them on how to handle workplace situations, such as ethical dilemmas. Students may also have the opportunity to take workplace-related certifications that will give them a higher chance of getting the job of their dreams.
Co-operative education is an excellent way for SHSM students to start building their professional network. They may work with other co-op students and make lasting friendships throughout their post-secondary studies and future careers.