Specialist High Skills Major

A Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is an enrichment program for students considering pursuing a career in skilled trades. This program allows students to focus on a potential career that matches their skills and interests.  It also assists in their transition after graduation to apprenticeship training, college, university, or the workplace. 

In 2023-24, I.E. Weldon will offer five SHSM programs; Agriculture, Construction, Information & Communications Technology, Manufacturing and Transportation. Each SHSM is a bundle of classroom courses, workplace experiences, sector certifications and specialized events and trips.  Students who complete a Specialist High Skill Major will receive a special designation on their high school diploma. The SHSM is not an extra credit. Out of the bundle of 30 credits required to graduate the SHSM student is required to have 8 or 9 credits within the pathway chart of the SHSM program that they are enrolled in. 

1Bundle of required eligible credits as part of the 30 required to graduate*Please see https://iew.tldsb.on.ca/shsm/ for details. Includes at least 2 co-op credits
2Completion of Certifications
3Reach Ahead (a practical experience or visit to a college, etc.)
4Experiential Learning and Career Exploration
5SPE (Sector-Partnered Experiences) In one of the following areas: ICE (innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship), coding, and/or mathematical literacy.

SHSM Certifications

Each SHSM also requires the student to complete industry standard certification at no expense to the student. Possible certifications offered at IEW for each SHSM are:

For further information please contact Lead SHSM teachers directly:

AgricultureConstructionInformation & Communications TechnologyManufacturingTransportation
James AddisonJordan BattyRoger ThompsonRyan RawlinsAlan Stanley
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