The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program offers students in Grades 11 & 12 the opportunity to explore a specific community, or economic and/or industrial sector in preparation for post-secondary destinations in one of four pathways: Apprenticeship, College, University or Workplace.

SHSM includes specified, bundled credits, sector-recognized certifications, ‘reach ahead’ activities and participation in a sector-partner experience (SPE), where students work with a community organization using design thinking to solve an authentic problem the organization may face.

The Waterloo Region District School Board currently offers twelve SHSM sectors:

Agriculture

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Arts & Culture

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Business

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Construction

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Environment

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Health & Wellness

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Hospitality and Tourism

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Information & Communications Technology

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Manufacturing

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Non-Profit

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Sports

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Transportation

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Additional information regarding the Specialist High Skills Major program is available by contacting a senior elementary guidance counsellor, a secondary guidance counsellor or the Waterloo Region District School Board Education Centre, 519 570 0003 or by visiting our Pathways to Success website, outlining the pathways programs available in the WRDSB.