WCDSB continues to lead the province in Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs. We offer programs across all of our secondary schools in thirteen different career sectors, with our largest program being Health & Wellness. 2016-17 was notable for a number of major accomplishments:
- 1,389 students registered in SHSM programs.
- 5,500 additional certifications were completed.
- 110 experiential events were offered.
- 277 graduates were awarded a Red Seal Diploma.
“I started high school with having no idea what I truly want to pursue. By being part of the SHSM program, I became more confident on making my own choices, and not just career choices. The program greatly impacted my life as it helped me grow as the person I am today and I have a better idea of what I now want to do for the future.”
– Maegan Reine Andico, St. Mary’s Health & Wellness Major, SHSM Red Seal Graduate 2017
To assist students in discovering which pathway is best for them, we work with the Business Education Partnership to provide community connected experiential learning. This is an approach to student learning that provides students with opportunities to:
- Actively participate in experiences connected to a community outside of schools.
- Reflect on those experiences to make meaning from them.
- Apply their learning to their decisions and actions.
All students transitioning to secondary school are given a Pathways Planner and a Transitions Guide to support them as they prepare for high school. In 2016-17, four School Council events, five Grade 8 Parent Nights and 15 Pathways Nights were held for Grade 8 parents and their children.