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The Specialist High Skills Major in Information and Communications Technology

 

Information TechA diverse array of career opportunities can be found within the Information and Communications Technology sector. Locally, job prospects exist in fields ranging from communication and computer systems, to software and digital media. Graduates of the Specialist High Skills Major Program in Information and Communications Technology possess the knowledge and skills to pursue any number of these opportunities.

 

The Information and Communications Technology 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 Information and Communications Technology industry, the opportunities that it offers, and the skills needed for success within the sector.  

 

Components of a Specialist High Skills Major 

 

The Information and Communications Technology 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 Information and Communications Technology 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  Standard First Aid  Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System – Generic 

 

Three Elective Certifications
Advanced Training in a Technique   Basic Electrical Safety   CISCO Networking   Computer Hardware  
Counterfeit Detection   Customer Service   Electronics – Basic   Elevated Work Platforms  
Ergonomics   Health and Safety – Basic   Intellectual Property   Interfacing Equipment  
Internet Security   Leadership Skills   Lighting and Sound Equipment Maintenance   Lockout / Tagout  
Network Cabling   Network Configuration   Photography   Recording Equipment  
Software 1   Software 2   Technical Support   Working at Heights  

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 Communications and Information Technology SHSM Program may be right for you if you are interested in careers similar to the following:

 

Apprenticeship College
Computer Network Technician
Help Desk Technology Support Analyst
Telecommunications Installation and Repair
Network Cabling Specialist  
Audio and Video Recording Technician
Broadcast Technician
Electronic Service Technician
Graphic Designer / Illustrator / Animator
Mobile Application Developer
User Support Technician
Web Designer and Developer  
University Workplace
Computer Engineer
Computer Programmer
Information Systems Analyst
Interactive Media Developer
Software Engineer and Designer  
Desktop Publishing Operator
Satellite Dish Installer
Retail Salesperson – Technology
Telecommunications Cable Installer  

 

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