This fall, the province's Specialist High Skills Major program will be expanded to accommodate an additional 2,000 students and just over 100 new programs for the 2016-17 school year.
By the end of 2016-17, all Specialist High Skills Majors programs participants will have access to an innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship module that was developed in partnership with the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management.
The West Ferris Secondary School teacher heads the Specialist High Skills Major
program (SHSM) in manufacturing/mining, which was approved in September, 2012.
Between the tour of the Sir Adam Beck Generating Station in Niagara Falls, the GPS tutorial at the Canadian Ecology Centre in Mattawa and the Skype conversation with David Suzuki, the students in the energy-focused Specialist High Skills Major
(SHSM) program at Lasalle Secondary School in Sudbury have had an intriguing year.
The Specialist High Skills Major program arose from a commitment to better serve the needs of all students.
Ontario is expanding its Specialist High Skills Majors program to help more high school students succeed and prepare for their future careers.
This is the seventh year in a row the province is increasing the number of Specialist High Skills Majors in Ontario high schools to meet growing demand for the program, which tailors students' high school diplomas to their needs and interests.
Over 40,000 employers across the province provide high school students with valuable work-related learning opportunities through numerous activities and programs, including Ontario s Co-operative Education and Specialist High Skills Major programs.
Approximately 38,000 high school students are enrolled in Specialist High Skills Major programs this year, spending over 220 hours in co-operative education work placements in their sector of focus.
Expanding hands-on programs like Specialist High Skills Majors
and Dual Credits