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High Skills, High Hopes

McGuinty Government Prepares Even More Students For Future Jobs

Office of the Premier

It's every student's dream -- finding a career that matches their interests. Now, more Ontario high school students will get that opportunity.

It's every student's dream -- finding a career that matches their interests. Now, more Ontario high school students will get that opportunity.

The government is expanding its Specialist High Skills Majors (SHSM) program by adding two majors: Community Safety and Emergency Services and Information and Communications Technology. This will help even more students train for careers in fields such as fire protection, telecommunications and computer engineering.

Students learn on the job and in the classroom. They also earn valuable industry certifications, including first aid and C.P.R. qualifications. The program allows students to customize their learning, giving them more opportunity to explore career goals. Thanks in part to this program, graduation rates have gone from 68 per cent to 75 per cent since 2003. That means 22,500 more students have graduated.

The Specialist High Skills Majors program is part of the government's plan to invest in the skills and education of its people.

Quick Facts

  • SHSM programs are offered in 338 Ontario high schools.
  • The program is now available in all school boards across Ontario.
  • About 14,000 students are enrolled in one of 14 available majors.

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“We’re helping students tailor their education so they can take charge of their futures and reach their full potential.”

Dalton McGuinty

Premier of Ontario

“By providing these innovative learning opportunities, we are seeing more students engaged in high school and — more importantly — graduating.”

Kathleen Wynne

Minister of Education

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