The Specialist High Skills Major in Hospitality and Tourism
A 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 in Hospitality 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.
Components of a Specialist High Skills Major
The Hospitality and Tourism SHSM Program consists of five required components:
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 Hospitality and Tourism sector.
2. Certification and Training
Students will earn both compulsory and elective sector-recognized certifications through cost-free workshops and training courses/programs.
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’s post-secondary plans.
5. Essential Skills and Work Habits
Students will develop essential skills and work habits, documented in the Ontario Skills Passport.
SHSM Program Recognition
Students who successfully complete a SHSM program receive:
The Hospitality and Tourism SHSM Program may be right for you if you are interested in careers similar to the following:
For more information, contact your high school Guidance Counsellor or visit: www.lkdsb.net/shsm