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SHSM and Dual Credit

SHSM Programme Overview
The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is a ministry-approved specialized program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and assists in their transition from secondary school to apprenticeship training, college, university, or the workplace.


An SHSM allows students to experience a range of customized learning opportunities in an area that interests them, and helps to engage them in their school program.

An SHSM program gives students the opportunity to explore, identify, and refine career goals and make informed decisions related to post secondary education or training and next steps towards a career.

An SHSM helps students gain confidence in their ability to succeed, and see the connections between their studies, the world beyond high school, and their future careers.

SHSM Available at CWDHS

Arts and Culture
Health and Wellness
Hospitality and Tourism
Information and Communications Technology

Each SHSM consists of 3 parts:

  1. Work experience through Cooperative Education
  2. A package of courses related to the specialist
  3. Certifications

Dual Credit

Dual Credit

Programme Overview

As ministry-approved courses, Dual Credits are a way for Grade 11 and 12 students, while still in high school, to earn a credit towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) while sampling college or apprenticeship industry-specific courses.

Dual Credits count towards both the OSSD and a post secondary certificate, diploma, or degree, or an apprenticeship certification.

Students may earn up to four optional credits through Dual Credit courses. As well, Specialist High Skills Majors (SHSM) and Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) students may receive some industry-specific certifications in Dual Credit courses.

The Dual Credits program is an excellent example of the projects and forums funded via the School College Work Initiative (SCWI) that support student success in secondary education and assist students in their transition from secondary school to college programs.

Programs available are:

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Programs:

OYAP Automotive Service Technician (interview required)

OYAP Brick and Stone Mason (interview required)

OYAP General Machinist (interview required)

OYAP Truck & Coach Technician (interview required) NEW

College Apprenticeship Preparation Programs:

CAPP Automotive Service

CAPP Culinary

CAPP Truck and Coach

CAPP Welding

College Pathway/Exploring the Trades:

Exploring the Trades: Construction

Exploring the Trades: Food Production

Exploring the Trades: Mechanical

College Pathway: ECE (Early Childhood Education)

College Pathway: Design Fundamentals

College Pathway: Digital Imaging

College Pathway:​ Piping/Cabinet Making

College Pathway:​ Canadian Criminal Justice System/Security Guard Licensing in Ontario

College Pathway: Positive Psychology/Group Fitness Leadership

College Pathway: Machining/Exploring CNC Programming Basics​

Why Dual Credit?