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Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

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The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board's Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)​ programs will suit students pursuing all pathway destination(apprenticeship, college, university or the workplace) who want to explore and refine their career goals and make informed choices about their next steps after secondary school.

Through a combination of sector related courses, certifications, career exploration opportunities and on-the-job co-op experiences, students are able to develop essential work habits and skills and acquire specialized knowledge in their field of interest.  The programs allow students to focus on career paths that match their interests while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

The following SHSM programs are offered at ALCDSB secondary schools: 

Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School, Kingston: Information & Communication Technology

Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School, Kingston: Arts & Culture, Non-Profit

Nicholson Catholic College, Belleville: Health & Wellness, Information & Communication Technology, Transportation 

St. Theresa Catholic Secondary School, Belleville: Information & Communication Technology, Hospitality & Tourism, Sports

St. Paul Catholic Secondary School, Trenton: Non-Profit


For more information, please contact the school Guidance Counsellor. 

  • Discipleship

    We accept the call to be imitators of Christ by embracing the Beatitudes through authentic witness at the school, community, and global levels. Rooted in our commitment to transmit our Faith and Catholic tradition, we are inspired to build communities dedicated to the formation of young people who recognize their gifts and responsibilities to contribute to the transformation of the world into a more just and loving society for all.

  • Scholarship

    We believe that each student, made in the image and likeness of God and being hope for the future, can be engaged in their learning and achieve at high levels with appropriate supports. We are committed to ensuring that the potential of each student is realized through the achievement of ambitious outcomes and improving in their learning to the highest possible level.

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