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‚ÄčA diverse array of career opportunities can be found within the Business sector. Locally, job prospects exist in fields ranging from entrepreneurship and economics, to accounting and finance, to marketing and retail management. Graduates of the Specialist High Skills Major Program inBusiness possess the knowledge and skills to pursue any number of these opportunities.

The Business Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Program provides students with the opportunity to specialize their academic studies, earn certifications and qualifications, and plan their career pathway while they are still in high school. The SHSM Program involves a number of components that provide students with a better understanding of the Business industry, the opportunities that it offers, and the skills needed for success within the sector.  ‚Äč

The Business SHSM Program consists of five required components: 

1. Bundled Credits

Students will complete nine Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits related to their sector of interest, some of which are supplemented with contextualized learning activities (CLA) that frame the subject of study within the context of the Business sector. ‚Äč

‚ÄčCredits

‚ÄčApprenticeship (Grades 11-12)

‚ÄčCollege (Grades 11-12)

‚ÄčUniversity (Grades 11-12)

‚ÄčWorkplace (Grades 11-12)‚Äč

‚ÄčMajor Credits Including at least one Grade 11 and one Grade 12 credit  

‚Äč4 

One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit

‚Äč4

One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit‚Äč

‚Äč4

One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit

‚Äč4

One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit

‚ÄčEnglish (Including a CLA)

‚Äč1

‚Äč1

‚Äč1

‚Äč2

One credit must be in 

Grade 12

‚ÄčMathematics (Including a CLA)

‚Äč2

One credit must be in 

Grade 12

‚Äč2

One credit must be in 

Grade 12

‚Äč2

One credit must be in 

Grade 12‚Äč

‚Äč1

‚ÄčCo-Operative Education

‚Äč2

‚Äč2

‚Äč2

‚Äč2


2. Certification and Training

Students will earn both compulsory and elective sector-recognized certifications through cost-free workshops and training courses/programs.‚Äč

‚ÄčFour Compulsory Certifications‚Äč‚Äč

‚ÄčCardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level C ‚Äď Includes AED 

‚ÄčCustomer Service

‚ÄčStandard First Aid 

‚ÄčWorkplace Hazardous Materials Information System ‚Äď Generic 


‚ÄčThree Elective Certifications

‚ÄčBusiness Etiquette‚Äč

‚ÄčCash Handling and Register Training

‚ÄčCounterfeit Detection

‚ÄčEffective Networking

‚ÄčEquity and Inclusion

‚ÄčErgonomics

‚ÄčEthical Considerations

‚ÄčFraud Prevention

‚ÄčHealth and Safety ‚Äď Basic

‚ÄčLeadership Skills

‚ÄčNegotiation Training

‚ÄčPersonality Inventory

‚ÄčPublic Speaking

‚ÄčRetail Representative

‚ÄčSoftware

‚ÄčSpecialized Business Program / Competition

‚ÄčSuccessful Exhibiting‚Äč

‚Äč

‚Äč

‚Äč

3. Career Exploration

Students will explore opportunities in their chosen sector through experiential learning and career exploration activities (field trips, guest speaking engagements, job shadowing). 

4. Reach Ahead Experiences

Students will participate in experiences aligned with the student‚Äôs post-secondary plans. 

5. Sector-Partnered Experience

Students will complete a sector-partnered contextualized learning experience.


SHSM Program Recognition

Students who successfully complete a SHSM program receive:‚Äč

  • An OSSD designated with an embossed red seal;

  • A SHSM record documenting their certification/training achievements;

  • Formal recognition on their Ontario School Transcript.  ‚Äč


Career Pathways

The Business SHSM Program may be right for you if you are interested in careers similar to the following:‚Äč

‚ÄčApprenticeship

‚ÄčCollege

‚ÄčMaterials Retailer

Parts Technician

Special Events Coordinator

‚ÄčAdministrative Officer

Assessor, Valuator, and Appraiser

Bookkeeper

Conference and Event Planner

Desktop Publishing Operator

Insurance Adjuster and Claims Examiner

Legal Secretary

Personnel and Recruitment Officer

Purchasing Agent

‚ÄčUniversity

‚ÄčWorkplace

‚ÄčAuditor

Business Development Officer

Consultant

Economist or Economic Analyst

Executive Assistant

Financial and Investment Analyst

Human Resources Specialist

Investment Banker

Marketing Manager

‚ÄčAdministrative Clerk

Customer Service Representative

General Office Clerk

Personnel Clerk

Purchasing and Inventory Clerk

Receptionist

Records Management and Filing Clerk

Retail Salesperson

Shippers and Receivers


For more information, contact your high school Guidance Counsellor.