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Specialist High Skills Major Program (SHSM)
 
What is SHSM?
 
A Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Program consists of a combination of courses and experiences that relate to a specific job sector. SHSM programs allow students to customize their high school experience to suit their interests and talents, and prepare them for a successful transition to the workplace, apprenticeship, college or university destinations while meeting graduation requirements for the OSSD.
 
By participating in SHSM, a student can:
  • Carefully select courses to include the required number from the major area of interest and other required subjects in both Grades 11 and 12.
  • Complete required CLAs (Contextualized Learning Activities)
  • Complete at least 2 credits of Co-op Education
  • Complete sector recognized certifications and/or training courses ie/ First Aid and CPR
  • Participate in a number of experiential learning activities ie/ Durham Skills Competition
  • Participate in selected 'reach ahead' experiences connected to the desired post- secondary destination pathway
  • Use the Ontario Skills Passport of essential skills and work habits required in the specific job sector- completed during Cooperative Education
 
Steps to Sign up for SHSM:
  1. Attend the SHSM information session at option selection time.
  2. Sign up at the end of Grade 10 or the beginning of Grade 11 by submitting a signed letter of intent and/or program application.
  3. Make a Guidance appointment to discuss course selections and different ways to meet all of the required components to complete the specific SHSM.
  4. Select Co-op Education in either Grade 11 or Grade 12.

Specialist High Skills Major Programs at Eastdale
 
Arts and Culture
 
The Arts and Culture SHSM at Eastdale offers a unique opportunity to focus on the Arts while allowing for individual specialization. The areas include Music, Visual Arts, Drama, Dance, and Theatre Production. SHSM requirements include two courses in the Arts in Grade 11 and 12, Grade 12 English AND another approved course in Business or Canadian World Studies. All SHSM students must successfully complete two credits in Cooperative Education in an Arts related field. This program also requires students to achieve specific certifications in First Aid, CPR, and WHMIS AND a minimum of three additional sector related certifications. Students in this SHSM are given the opportunity to attend Experiential Learning and Reach Ahead activities which include workshops with visiting artists or musicians, trips to art shows or performances, and/or participation in school productions, competitions or festivals. Some of these include the annual Eastdale Music Theatre Production, Kiwanis Music Festival, Sears Drams Festival, Ontario Band Association and the Humber College Next Generation Jazz Festival.
 
 
Construction
 
The Construction SHSM Program at Eastdale offers a focused program in a wide variety of construction related careers including carpentry, plumbing and electrical. This program also requires students to achieve specific certifications in First Aid, CPR, WHMIS, and Fall Protection AND a minimum of two additional sector related certifications. Students in this SHSM are given the opportunity to attend Experiential Learning and Reach Ahead activities. The program requires selecting two construction credits in both Grades 11 and 12 and at least two credits of Cooperative Education. The focus of the program is primarily on residential construction where students will learn about tools, materials and equipment methods used in the construction industry. They will also be exposed to structural analysis and design, drawings, and mechanical systems. They will estimate labour costs and study industry standards and building codes, health and safety issues, energy conservation, careers and the impact of construction technology on society and the environment. This program offers an excellent opportunity to connect with construction trades, OYAP and Apprenticeship.
 
 
Health and Wellness (H.E.A.L)
 
The Health and Wellness (H.E.A.L) Program at Eastdale offers a comprehensive health care course for students interested in health care careers. H.E.A.L is a complete program based delivery which is a very unique opportunity for specific learning, Cooperative Education, Experiential Learning and Reach Ahead activities all within a specialized learning classroom and setting. The curriculum includes students learning of medical practices and technology, terminology, communication, interpersonal and teamwork skills, current trends in health care, research projects and career opportunities. The H.E.A.L program also offers an opportunity to obtain certifications in CPR, First Aid, Feeding, Food Safety and Handling, and Crisis Prevention Intervention. As a  part of the SHSM program, many reach ahead opportunities are available including additional certifications and training, a Durham College Dual credit course in "Introduction to Psychology", use of state of the art laboratories and Durham College/UOIT, health care career exploration and mentoring with college students. As with all SHSM programs, students are required to complete several components including a specific bundle of credits, courses from their major focus. In H.E.A.L., the major focus courses are Child Development and Gerontology. This is an excellent program for students interested in a variety of health care professions.
 
Students and parents should refer to the Durham District School Focus Programs Pathway Guide for detailed information on the SHSM programs at Eastdale.
 
 

Hospitality and Tourism
 
The Hospitality and Tourism Program at Eastdale offers a comprehensive program in a wide variety of Hospitality and Tourism related careers including Chef, Cook and Baker for students interested in careers in the hospitality and tourism sector. Students who enroll in the Hospitality and Tourism SHSM will be involved in Experiential Learning and Reach Ahead activities all within a specialized learning classroom setting. The curriculum help provide students with opportunities to learn about preparing and presenting food, evaluating facilities, controlling inventory, and marketing and managing events and activities, and will investigate customer service principles and the cultural and economic forces that drive tourism. The Hospitality and Tourism program also offers an opportunity to obtain certifications In CPR, First Aid and Food Safety and Handling. As a part of the SHSM program, many reach ahead opportunities including additional certifications and training. As with all SHSM programs, students are required to complete several components including a specific bundle of credits, courses from their major focus. This is an excellent program for students interested in a variety of Hospitality and Tourism related careers.
Students and parents should refer to the Durham District School Focus Programs Pathway Guide for detailed information on the SHSM programs at Eastdale.