Specialist High Skills Major at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School
HOW DOES IT WORK? Students take a bundle of 8-10 courses in Grades 11 and 12 including 4 “major” credits in their area of interest. English, mathematics, science , or business courses are designed to complement the “majors”. Students take at least 2 co-op credits and get valuable experience related to their SHSM. St. Thomas Aquinas CHS offers 2 different SHSM; The Environment and Health and Wellness. WHAT IF....
after starting the program a student decides that this is not for them? All credits earned in an SHSM program count towards the completion of a standard Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Any certifications or training gained will hold a student in good stead fro part-time jobs or work placements. Co-op is a valuable experience, allowing a student to discover what they like doing, and just as importantly, what they don’t like doing.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES? SHSM students will: HEAR and SEE first hand what a career in their sector feels and looks like. DISCOVER the relationship between school and careers; NETWORK with post-secondary institutions, local industries, and businesses; GAIN confidence in their ability to succeed; COMPLETE industry recognized certifications and training; OPEN doors for summer jobs and future employment ; EARN a RED SEAL designation on their OSSD.