A Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is a special recognition that students can earn for graduation. In grades 11 & 12, students complete a bundle of credits, including co-operative education, related to a field. They also complete 7 industry recognized certifications, experiential learning and career exploration activities, reach ahead experiences and develop essential skills and work habits.
St. John CHS offers an SHSM both in Health & Wellness, and Hospitality & Tourism. Students can be in any of the 4 preparation pathways (apprenticeship, college, university, workplace). The program is very flexible and we offer a variety of opportunities to help students make decisions about post-secondary planning and careers in these industry sectors. Students who complete the program earn a specialized diploma that bears a red seal from the Ministry of Education, which opens doors for programs, scholarships and bursaries, future internships, etc.
SHSM in Health & Wellness.
This is a broad sector that incorporates Health Care, Fitness, Family and Community Services, Emergency Services and Education. Students take courses that best fit their interests and career path and a variety of cooperative education placements are available locally. This sector is the second largest employer in Canada and will continue to be into the future.
SHSM in Hospitality & Tourism
This sector incorporates Food & Restaurant Services, Hotel/Motel/Resort Operations, Travel & Tourism, Events Management, Dietetics & Nutrition, and Public Relations. Students take courses that best fit their interests and career path and a variety of cooperative education placements are available locally. This evolving sector is the largest employer in many communities.