Specialist High Skills Major

What they are

Specialist High Skills Majors let students focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests. Each major is a bundle of 8-10 courses in the student's selected field.

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Who they're for

Students who are heading for an apprenticeship, college, university or the workplace.

How they help

Students have the opportunity to:

  • Gain important skills on the job with actual employers, at skills training centres and at school
  • Earn valuable industry certifications, including first aid and CPR qualifications.

Agriculture

Guide For Specialist High Skills Majors

What will students in the agriculture major study?

  • A bundle of nine Grade 11 and Grade 12 courses in which students earn:
    • Four agriculture major credits
    • One English credit, one math credit and one credit in either science or business studies tailored to include units focused on agriculture
    • Two cooperative education credits to gain workplace experience that enables students to refine, extend and practice sector-specific knowledge and skills
  • Experiential learning, career exploration and reach ahead activities within the sector
  • Certifications and training programs/courses in first aid, CPR and hazardous materials
  • Essential Skills and work habits required in the sector

What are the future career paths for agriculture majors?

For agriculture majors, possible careers include:

  • Apprenticeship – dairy herdsperson, agriculture equipment technician, arborist
  • College – agricultural equipment and supplies technician, farmer, and farm manager
  • University –chemical engineer, soil scientist, veterinarian
  • Entry level workplace – general farm worker, mechanic helper, pet groomer

Specialist High Skills Major – Agriculture

Credits Required

Certifications and Training Courses 

Credits

Apprenticeship training

Gr. 11     Gr. 12

College

 

Gr. 11       Gr. 12

University

 

Gr. 11     Gr. 12

Workplace

 

Gr. 11     Gr. 12

Agriculture Major*

 

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

English

 

1

 

1

 

1

 

 

1

Mathematics

 

1

 

 

1

 

1

1

 

Business Studies or Science

1

1

1

1

Co-operative Education

 

2

2

2

2

Total number of credits

 

9

9

9

9

* Multiple credits in the Ontario technological education curriculum allow additional instructional time for the practice and refinement of skills needed to develop student performance to the levels required for certification, entry into apprenticeship programs, or participation in school–work transition programs (see The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 11 and 12: Technological Education, 2000, page 6).

A student’s course selections must take into account entrance requirements for the postsecondary education or training program, apprenticeship program, or job that the student hopes to enter. 

 Sector-Recognized Certifications and Training

Three (3) compulsory

Standard First Aid

Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level A

Generic (not site-specific) instruction about the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)

Three (3) Electives (from the list below)

Chainsaw safety

Electrics – basic

Equipment operation safety

Fall protection

Fundamentals of the combine – level 1

Grain grading

Hazardous atmospheres and confined spaces

Hydraulics – basic

Large animal handling

Lift truck safety

Livestock medicine

Lockout/tagging

Nutrient management

Personal protective equipment – agriculture

Pesticide handling and safety

Safe lifting

Small engines maintenance

Theory of combine settings and adjustments – level 2

Tractors and other self-propelled equipment

 

The Specialist High Skills Major in Transportation was added in 2012-2013. More details to follow!
 
 
 
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