Trying a profession on for size with SHSMs
Debbie Frendo, Superintendent of Student Success, Intermediate/Secondary
The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program allows students in Grades 11 and 12 to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). The OCSB offered its first SHSM program in the 2007-2008 school year and currently offers 35 programs in 12 sectors across the system. Every OCSB high school now offers at least one SHSM.
Within these sectors are a world of opportunities. The Health and Wellness sector can include working alongside a doctor or a nurse, but it also includes kinesiologists, veterinary technicians, hospital porter, fitness instructor, or childcare worker. SHSM programs are available for all student pathways, be it the workplace, apprenticeship, college, or university.
The SHSM program exemplifies Deep Learning. It allows a student to dive deeper into the real world of their sector program including job shadowing, job twinning, work experience, and virtual work experience. Students also have the opportunity to earn certifications such as WHMIS training, CPR, and First Aid. Students gain the confidence to be successful, refine skills and make informed choices about future careers and or next steps.
Strong sector partnerships and Ministry funding sustain SHSM programs. We hope to expand the number of students currently taking a SHSM. As these programs grow, the opportunities for students grow.
SEAC nomination of alternate
Anne Jovanovic was appointed as the new alternate representative on the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC).
Ottawa Student Transportation Authority update
It’s been a busy start to the school year for the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA). OSTA facilitates transportation services to both the Ottawa Catholic School Board and the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. OSTA is moving forward with several initiatives including preparing procurement of transportation services for September 2020; developing operator standards of performance; revising accident and incidents protocols and developing a communications plan.