Helping More Hamilton-Area Students Succeed
McGuinty Government Expands Popular Specialist High Skills Majors Program
Ontario is helping more Hamilton-area high school students graduate and find their passion in the workforce with the expansion of Specialist High Skills Major programs.
Starting this September, eight Hamilton-area high schools will offer 11 additional Specialist High Skills Major programs, including:
- Cardinal Newman Secondary School - Construction
- St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic High School - Construction
- St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School - Health and Wellness, and Transportation
- Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School - Transportation
- Highland Secondary School - Arts and Culture, and Manufacturing
- Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School - Hospitality and Tourism, and Energy
- Waterdown District High School - Environment
- Mountain Secondary School - Hospitality and Tourism.
With these additions, there will be 56 Specialist High Skills Majors offered in Hamilton-area high schools next school year in sectors such as business, non-profit and aviation and aerospace. Through these programs, students earn credits while developing the skills needed for college, university, apprenticeship or the workplace.
Building a well-educated workforce that helps Ontario compete in the global economy is part of the McGuinty government's plan to open the door to a bright future for high school graduates.
- In 2011-12, there will be over 1,300 Specialist High Skills Majors programs in 600 high schools across Ontario - an increase from 1,000 programs in 540 schools. This is the fifth year in a row Ontario is expanding the number of Specialist High Skills Major programs to meet growing demand.
- More than 34,000 students will be enrolled in the Specialist High Skills Majors program across Ontario in 2011-12 - an increase of 6,000 students over this school year.
- Programs like Specialist High Skills Majors have helped Ontario's graduation rate increase to 81 per cent from 68 per cent in 2003.
“The Specialist High Skills Major program is a favourite of the students I meet in our high schools. Getting experience in a range of fields helps young people discover their talents and possible career options while earning credits to graduate.”
“I wish we had a program like this when I was in high school. I am a strong supporter of hands-on learning that goes beyond the classroom.”