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‚Äčict.jpgA diverse array of career opportunities can be found within the Information and Communications Technology sector. Locally, job prospects exist in fields ranging from communication and computer systems, to software and digital media. Graduates of the Specialist High Skills Major Program inInformation and Communications Technology possess the knowledge and skills to pursue any number of these opportunities.

The Information and Communications Technology 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 theInformation and Communications Technology industry, the opportunities that it offers, and the skills needed for success within the sector. 

The Information and Communications Technology SHSM Program consists of five required components: ‚Äč

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 Information and Communications Technology 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

‚ÄčMathematics (Including a CLA)

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‚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‚Äč

‚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‚ÄčThree Compulsory Certifications‚Äč

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

‚ÄčStandard First Aid 

‚ÄčWorkplace Hazardous Materials Information System ‚Äď Generic 


‚Äč‚Äč‚ÄčThree Elective Certifications

Advanced Training in a Technique‚Äč

‚ÄčBasic Electrical Safety 

‚ÄčCISCO Networking

‚ÄčComputer Hardware

‚ÄčCounterfeit Detection

‚ÄčCustomer Service

‚ÄčElectronics ‚Äď Basic

‚ÄčElevated Work Platforms  

‚ÄčErgonomics

‚ÄčHealth and Safety ‚Äď Basic  

‚ÄčIntellectual Property  

‚ÄčInterfacing Equipment 

‚ÄčInternet Security

‚ÄčLeadership Skills

‚ÄčLighting and Sound Equipment Maintenance

‚ÄčLockout / Tagout  

‚ÄčNetwork Cabling

‚ÄčNetwork Configuration 

‚ÄčPhotography

‚ÄčRecording Equipment

‚ÄčSoftware 1

‚ÄčSoftware 2

‚ÄčTechnical Support 

‚ÄčWorking at Heights‚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 Communications and Information Technology SHSM Program may be right for you if you are interested in careers similar to the following:‚Äč

‚Äč‚ÄčApprenticeship

‚ÄčCollege

‚ÄčComputer Network Technician
Help Desk Technology Support Analyst
Telecommunications Installation and Repair
Network Cabling Specialist  
‚ÄčAudio and Video Recording Technician
Broadcast Technician
Electronic Service Technician
Graphic Designer / Illustrator / Animator
Mobile Application Developer
User Support Technician
Web Designer and Developer 

‚ÄčUniversity

‚ÄčWorkplace

‚ÄčComputer Engineer
Computer Programmer
Information Systems Analyst
Interactive Media Developer
Software Engineer and Designer 
‚ÄčDesktop Publishing Operator
Satellite Dish Installer
Retail Salesperson ‚Äď Technology
Telecommunications Cable Installer 


For more information, contact your high school Guidance Counsellor.