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Specialist High Skills Major Programs:

Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs are sector-specific programs that start in Grade 11. They're made up of a bundle of courses with options for all post-secondary pathways. In an SHSM, students:

  • complete a specific bundle of 8-10 courses in the student's selected field
  • earn valuable industry certifications related to the selected field
  • gain important on-the-job skills through co-operative education placements
Collingwood Collegiate offers 3 SHSM programs (see program details below)
1.  Construction: Building and Design
2.  Hospitality and Tourism
3.  Health and Wellness

 
For more information about our SHSM programs, speak with Mrs. Erin Brown in Guidance (ekbrown@scdsb.on.ca) or a lead teacher from any of our SHSM programs.

Construction: Building & Design:

Architecture, Engineering, Machining, Manufacturing, Welding, Electrical, Plumbing, Construction, Woodworking and much more! Our Construction: Building and Design SHSM (Specialist High Skills Major) program offers the necessary courses, training, and experiences to help you prepare for your future interests after high school.

You will be given the opportunity to be trained in current sector certifications including, but not limited to, CPR-C, First Aid, Working at Heights, WHMIS, basic health and safety, basic trade skills & CAM/CAD programing. Through co-op work experience; on-site sector specific training; information sessions with trained professionals; field trips to work sites, post-secondary institutes and industry related establishments; you will be given the opportunity to witness and experience the real world atmosphere of the Construction: Building and Design careers that interest you.

Students will also experience a focus in mathematical literacy as they problem solve their way through a construction, building and design challenge set up by one of our community partners.

Students in Construction: Building and Design Specialist High Skills Major will focus their grade 11 and 12 course selections to include 10 courses specific to the sector. Course choices include construction, woodworking, manufacturing, tech design, robotics, English, math, housing and home design, computer science, physics, environmental science, techno-math, marketing and business as well as a 2-period co-op placement specific to the sector.

CCI Construction: Building and Design SHSM students should be interested in receiving the training and certifications required to give them an industry advantage when they graduate, expand their knowledge in the career of their choice, and receive hands-on experience in the workplace.​

POSSIBLE OCCUPATIONS BY PATHWAY
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Brick and Stone Mason

Carpenter

Millwright

Electrician

HVAC

Painter

Plumber

Roofer

Architectural Design Technician

Civil Engineering Technologist

Construction Estimator

Construction Manager

Contractor/Supervisor

Home Inspector

Interior Designer

Home Renovator

Architect

Civil Engineer

Structural Engineer

Mechanical Engineer

Electrical Engineer

Carpenter Helper

Concrete Finisher

General Labourer

Demolition Worker

Drywall Installer

Home Renovator


 

For more information, please contact:

Construction teacher: Neal Ross nross@scdsb.on.ca

Manufacturing teacher: Marcel Krueger mkrueger@scdsb.on.ca

Technological Design teacher: Adam Pearce apearce@scdsb.on.ca

Guidance counsellor: Erin Brown ekbrown@scdsb.on.ca



Hospitality and Tourism:

Interested in the Culinary Arts? Do you like baking, cooking or working in a restaurant? What about food blogging or culinary photography? Perhaps you would like to travel the world, or promote tourism locally and abroad. If hospitality and tourism is your passion, check out our Hospitality and Tourism SHSM (Specialist High Skills Major) at CCI.

You will be given the opportunity to be trained in current sector certifications including, but not limited to, CPR-C, First Aid, Food Handlers, WHMIS, Service Excellence and Smart Serve. Through co-op work experience; on-site sector specific training; information sessions with trained professionals; field trips to restaurants and resorts, post-secondary institutes and industry related establishments; you will be given the opportunity to witness and experience the real world atmosphere of the Hospitality and Tourism careers that interest you.

Students will also experience a focus in coding as they problem solve to create, design, and implement a functioning student-built POS system replicating what is used in hospitality and tourism career areas.

Students in Hospitality and Tourism Specialist High Skills Major will focus their grade 11 and 12 course selections to include 9 courses specific to the sector. Course choices include hospitality and culinary skills, travel and tourism, peer leadership, biology, chemistry, environmental science, personal money management, food and culture, nutrition and health, food and healthy living, world issues, environment and resource management, English, math, marketing and business as well as a 2-period co-op placement specific to the sector.

CCI Hospitality and Tourism SHSM students should be interested in receiving the training and certifications required to give them an industry advantage when they graduate, expand their knowledge in the career of their choice, and receive hands-on experience in the workplace.​

POSSIBLE OCCUPATIONS BY PATHWAY​
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Baker

Butcher

Meat Cutter

Chef

Cook

Special Event Coordinator

Accommodation Service Manager

Conference and Event Planner

Food Service Supervisor

Hotel/Resort Manager

Restaurant and Food Service Manager

Tourism Information Officer

Travel Counsellor

Dietitian

Food Bacteriologist

Nutritionist

Public and Environmental Health Officer

Public Relations and Communications



Executive Housekeeper

Food/Beverage Server

Food Counter Attendant

Kitchen Helper

Food Stylist

Hotel/Front Desk Clerk

Hotel Valet

Purser and Flight Attendant

Receptionist

Reservation Agent

Tour and Travel Guide

For more information, please contact:

Hospitality teacher: Chef Pam Major pmajor@scdsb.on.ca

Guidance counsellor: Erin Brown ekbrown@scdsb.on.ca​


 
Health and Wellness:

The Health & Wellness SHSM is a specialized program designed to provide students with opportunities to explore the health and wellness sector. This program is open to students in any pathway who may be interested in pursuing careers related to the health and wellness industry. Through this program, students will build a foundation of focused knowledge and skills, gain valuable work experience, and receive employer recognized certifications and/or training in such areas as WHMIS, Infection Control and SFA/CPR Level C.

The Health & Wellness SHSM is made up of the following five (5) components:​

    1. A bundle of 9 Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits
    2. Sector-recognized certifications and training courses
    3. Experiential learning and career exploration activities within the sector
    4. "Reach ahead" experiences connected with the student's chosen postsecondary pathway
    5. Sector-Partner Contextualized Experience to engage students in sector related content, skills and knowledge
POSSIBLE OCCUPATIONS BY PATHWAY
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Child and Youth Worker

Early Childhood Educator (ECE/DECE)

Educational Assistant

Ambulance Attendants

Paramedics

Biomedical Engineering Technologist

Social Service Worker

Dental Hygienist/Assistant

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Personal Support Worker

Medical Lab Technician

Pharmacy Technician

Practical Nurse

Massage Therapist

Orthopedic Technologist

Respiratory Therapist

Sports Therapist

Audiology/Speech Language Pathology

Chiropractor

Dentist

Dietitian

Counsellor/Therapist/

Psychologist/Psychotherapist

Medical Practitioner

Midwife

Kinesiologist

Optometrist

Occupational Therapist

Physiotherapist

Pharmacist

Public Health Inspector

Registered Nurse

Radiologist
Social Worker

Sports Medicine

Medical Microbiologist

Blood Donor Clinic Assistant

Personal Trainer

Medical Receptionist

Fitness Instructor

Hospital Admitting Clerk

Hospital Porter

Hospital Cleaner

Lifeguard

Recreational Program Leader

 For more information, please contact:

Lead teacher:  Francesca Mendicino fmendicino@scdsb.on.ca

Lead teaccher: Kaelea Campbell 

Guidance counsellor: Erin Brown ekbrown@scdsb.on.ca 


For more information about SHSM programs available at SCDSB schools, visit: www.myshsm.ca


Cooperative Education

All students, regardless of their post-secondary destination, have the opportunity to take cooperative education (co-op). In co-op, students learn by integrating classroom theory and learning experiences at a workplace.

Visit CCI's Cooperative Education Department Page


Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is available to all full-time students who are at least 16 years old and have 16 high school credits. To enter OYAP, students must be in a co-operative education program. Once the student becomes a registered apprentice, the hours earned through the co-op may count towards their apprenticeship. Students are also placed on the waitlist for trade school. Visit www.oyap.com.


 

Dual Credit

Through dual credit courses, students can earn a high school credit at the same time as a college credit. Dual credit courses give students the chance to experience post-secondary education. The college credit will count towards a college diploma as long as it's a requirement for the college program the student chooses to pursue.


Learning Centres/Resource Rooms

All high schools have a place where students can receive additional support. Some students with special education needs may spend a portion of their day in a Learning Centre. This is outlined in their Individual Education Plan (IEP).

More information about special education can be found on the SCDSB's Special Educat​ion page.


Alternative Learning

We have an Alternative Secondary School with locations throughout Simcoe County. The program is designed for students who have difficulty coping with a large school setting, and who may benefit from the small class sizes, one-on-one assistance, flexibility, and close relationships with the teachers.

For information, please contact altschool@scdsb.on.ca.


Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement (AP) provides secondary students with an opportunity for learning that goes beyond the Ontario Curriculum, allowing them to experience university-level programming while still in high school. Many Canadian and international universities recognize AP standing for first year study in specific courses. AP exams are developed and administrated by the College Board in New Jersey, U.S.A. and are written in May of each year. 


 

Collingwood Collegiate offers Advanced Placement in ENG4U (Grade 12 University English).  For more information about AP, contact our guidance department.