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Specialist High Skills Major – Information and Communications Technology


The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) in Information and Communications Technology enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace.


Where local circumstances allow, boards may elect to offer one or more variants of the SHSM in a given sector, each with a particular area of focus. This SHSM may be designed to have a particular focus – for example, on communication systems, computer systems, or software and digital media. This focus is achieved through the selection of the four major credits in the bundle.


A bundle of nine Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits

These credits make up the bundle:

  • four information and communications technology major credits that provide sector-specific knowledge and skills. The four courses must include at least one Grade 11 and one Grade 12 credit, and may include one cooperative education credit related to the sector. (This cooperative education credit would be additional to the two that are required in the bundle; see below);
  • three other required credits from the Ontario curriculum, in each of which some expectations must be met through a contextualized learning activity (CLA) for the information and communications technology sector. The three credits include:
    • one in English;
    • one in mathematics; and
    • one in the arts or business studies or science (or a cooperativeeducation credit related to the sector, which would be additional to the two cooperative education credits required in the bundle; see below);
  • two cooperative education credits that provide authentic learning experiences in a workplace setting, enabling students to refine, extend, apply, and practice sector-specific knowledge and skills.  

Note: A compulsory English credit is required in Grade 11 and in Grade 12 for graduation with an OSSD. Schools may determine whether the CLA, required


Sector-recognized certifications and/or training courses/programs

This SHSM sector requires students to complete a specified number of compulsory and elective sector-recognized certifications and/or training courses/programs, as indicated in the following table.


NOTE:
Where an item in the table is capitalized, it is the proper name of the specific certification or training course/program that is appropriate for the SHSM. Where an item is lower cased, it is the name of an area, type, or category of training for which specific certifications or training courses/programs should be selected by the school or board. The requirements are summarized in the table below.


Three (3) compulsory

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level C – includes automated external defibrillation (AED)

Standard First Aid

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) – generic (i.e., not site-specific) instruction

 

Three (3) electives from the list below

advanced training in a technique (e.g., website design, coding, digital lighting, search engine optimization)

basic electrical safety

CISCO networking

computer hardware

counterfeit detection

customer service

electronics – basic

elevated work platforms

ergonomics

fall protection

health and safety – basic

 

intellectual property

interfacing equipment

internet security

ladder safety training

leadership skills

lighting and sound equipment maintenance

lockout/tagging

network cabling

network configuration

portfolio development

project management

recording equipment

sector-specific software 1

sector-specific software 2

specialized skills training program/competition

technical support

Working at Heights

 

 

 

 
Experiential Learning & Career Exploration

Experiential learning and career exploration opportunities relevant to the sector might include the following:

  • one-on-one observation of a cooperative education student at a placement in the ICT sector (an example of job twinning)
  • a day-long observation of an ICT sector worker (e.g., telecommunications technician) (an example of job shadowing)
  • a one- or two-week work experience with a member of an industry association or a professional in the ICT sector (e.g., a computer game developer) (an example of work experience)
  • attendance at a sector or trade show, a conference, a symposium, or a job fair
  • participation in a local, provincial, or national contest or competition with a focus on ICT
  • a tour of a local television/film studio or network monitoring centre


Essential Skills & Work Habits

Innovative, Creativity & Entrepreneurship Training (ICE)
The ICE training in SHSM programs will allow students to understand the world from the perspectives of others, generate new ideas, and give students the confidence to develop strategies to implement and sustain their ideas while considering the impacts and consequences their innovation has on the world around them.

Or


Sector-delivered Contextualized Coding
(e.g. SHSM-Agriculture:  GPS, GIS, Computer-controlled Devices with Ontario Federation of Agriculture)


Or


Sector-delivered
Contextualized Mathematical literacy
(e.g. SHSM-Horticulture and Landscaping: estimating, measuring, and budgeting with Landscape Ontario)


Reach Ahead Experiences

Students are provided one or more reach ahead experiences – opportunities to take the next steps along their chosen pathway – as shown in the following examples:

  • Apprenticeship: visiting an approved apprenticeship delivery agent in the sector
  • College: interviewing a college student enrolled in a sector-specific program
  • University: observing a university class in a sector-related program
  • Workplace: interviewing an employee in the sector


Schools offering Information and Communications Technology SHSM

  • North Grenville DHS
  • Perth & District CI
  • Russell HS
  • St. Lawrence SS

 

 

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