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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. 

 

Credits Apprenticeship (Grades 11-12) College (Grades 11-12) University (Grades 11-12) Workplace (Grades 11-12)
Major Credits Including at least one Grade 11 and one Grade 12 credit   4
One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
4
One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
4
One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
4
One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
English (Including a CLA) 1 1 1 1
Mathematics (Including a CLA) 1 1 1 1
Business or Science (Including a CLA) 1
One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
1
One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
1
One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
1
One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
Co-Operative Education 2 2 2 2

2. Certification and Training

Students will earn both compulsory and elective sector-recognized certifications through cost-free workshops and training courses/programs.

 

Four Compulsory Certifications
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level C – Includes AED  Customer Service Standard First Aid  Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System – Generic 

 

Three Elective Certifications
Advanced Training in a Technique   Cash Handling and Register Training   Compass / Map / GPS   Cook / Line Cook  
Event Coordination   Fire Safety Training   Fishing Guide   GIS  
Guest Services   Heritage Interpreter   Housekeeping Services   Introduction to Hospitality Management  
Leadership Skills   Life Saving   Safe Food Handling – Advanced   Safe Food Handling – Basic  
Smart Serve   Spa Etiquette   Spa Service   Ticket Agent  
Tour Guide   Tourism – Basic   Wilderness First Aid   Wilderness Survival  

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:

  • An OSSD designated with an embossed red seal;
  • A SHSM record documenting their certification/training achievements;
  • Formal recognition on their Ontario School Transcript.  

Career Pathways

The Hospitality and Tourism SHSM Program may be right for you if you are interested in careers similar to the following:

 

Apprenticeship College
Baker
Butcher and Meat Cutter
Chef
Cook
Special Events Coordinator  
Conference and Event Planner
Food Service Supervisor
Hotel / Resort Manager
Restaurant and Food Service Manager
Spa Manager
Tourism Information Officer  
University Workplace
Dietitian
Food Bacteriologist
Nutritionist
Public and Environmental Health Officer
Public Relations and Communications  
Executive Housekeeper
Food and Beverage Server
Flight Attendant
Hotel / Front Desk Clerk
Reservation Agent
Tour and Travel Guide  

 

For more information, contact your high school Guidance Counsellor or visit: www.lkdsb.net/shsm