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Hospitality & Tourism

‚ÄčA diverse array of career opportunities can be found within the Hospitality and Tourism sector. Locally, job prospects exist in fields ranging from spa service and tourism, to hospitality service and culinary management. Graduates of the Specialist High Skills Major Program inHospitality and Tourism possess the knowledge and skills to pursue any number of these opportunities.

The Hospitality and Tourism 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 Hospitality and Tourism industry, the opportunities that it offers, and the skills needed for success within the sector. 

The Hospitality and Tourism SHSM Program consists of five required components: 

‚Äč1. 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 Hospitality and Tourism 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 

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

‚ÄčEnglish (Including a CLA)

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‚Äč1

‚Äč1

‚ÄčMathematics (Including a CLA)

‚Äč1

‚Äč1

‚Äč1

‚Äč1

‚ÄčBusiness or Science (Including a CLA)

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

‚ÄčCo-Operative Education‚Äč

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2. Certification and Training

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

‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚ÄčFour Compulsory Certifications

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

Customer Service‚Äč

‚ÄčStandard First Aid 

‚ÄčWorkplace Hazardous Materials Information System ‚Äď Generic ‚Äč



‚Äč‚ÄčThree Elective Certifications‚Äč‚Äč

‚ÄčAdvanced Training in a Technique  

‚ÄčCash Handling and Register Training 

‚ÄčCompass / Map / GPS 

‚ÄčCook / Line Cook

‚ÄčEvent Coordination

‚ÄčFire Safety Training

‚ÄčFishing Guide 

‚ÄčGIS

‚ÄčGuest Services

‚ÄčHeritage Interpreter

‚ÄčHousekeeping Services  

‚ÄčIntroduction to Hospitality Management

‚ÄčLeadership Skills

‚ÄčLife Saving

‚ÄčSafe Food Handling ‚Äď Advanced 

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Safe Food Handling ‚Äď Basic 

‚ÄčSmart Serve

‚ÄčSpa Etiquette  

‚ÄčSpa Service  

‚ÄčTicket Agent

‚ÄčTour Guide 

‚ÄčTourism ‚Äď Basic

‚ÄčWilderness First Aid

‚ÄčWilderness Survival‚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 Hospitality and Tourism SHSM Program may be right for you if you are interested in careers similar to the following:‚Äč

‚ÄčApprenticeship

‚ÄčCollege

‚ÄčBaker
Butcher and Meat Cutter
Chef
Cook
Special Events Coordinator    
‚ÄčConference and Event Planner
Food Service Supervisor
Hotel / Resort Manager
Restaurant and Food Service Manager
Spa Manager
Tourism Information Officer      

‚ÄčUniversity

‚ÄčWorkplace

‚ÄčDietitian
Food Bacteriologist
Nutritionist
Public and Environmental Health Officer
Public Relations and Communications 
‚ÄčExecutive Housekeeper
Food and Beverage Server
Flight Attendant
Hotel / Front Desk Clerk
Reservation Agent
Tour and Travel Guide  ‚Äč

‚ÄčPlease contact your guidance counsellor for more information about this SHSM program.