Specialist High Skills Major Programs

Contact: Mrs Sheri Eady.

Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Programs and Focus Programs were introduced by the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board to provide high school students with a special opportunity to take a concentration of courses that may not be available in their home school. These programs are being offered at a variety of schools throughout the Board.

shsm2 SHSM Programs offer in-depth training in an employment sector. Students are required to take a bundle of credits. They attend one semester at a designated school and earn remaining credits or requirements at their home school.


Focus programs allow students to explore an area of interest in Grade 11 or 12. Students attend the program for one semester at a designated school and are able to earn four credits.

The following SHSMs are hosted at South Carleton:

Community Support Services (Health and Wellness SHSM)

Further your studies while exploring careers related to community support services such as geriatric services workers, youth workers, early childhood educators, and fitness trainers.
Prerequisite: None

Digital Photography, Media and Imaging (Communications and Information Technology SHSM)

Focus your passion for media design and production using our advanced studios. You will develop skills used in a variety of industries: including graphic design, game design, animation, film and photography. Certifications depend on the pathway students are interested in pursuing.
Prerequisite: None.

Fabrication (Manufacturing SHSM)

Experience the fabrication and tool and die trade through on-site and in-class projects which focus on design, fabrication, and quality control standards as they relate to the manufacturing industry.
Prerequisite: None

House Building (Construction SHSM)

Work with your teacher and a home-building company, where available, to construct/renovate a house, or build/modify other structures. Gain valuable hands-on experience while you learn traditional and advanced construction techniques.
Prerequisite: Students must be 16 years of age or older.

Automotive Service and Repair (Transportation SHSM)

Develop technical knowledge and skills as you study, test, service, and repair engine management systems; power trains; steering/control, suspension, brake, and body systems on automotive vehicles and/or small-engine products.

High School Happenings, a TV show produced for Rogers by students at Colonel By S.S., featured some of South Carleton's SHSM programs on their April 5 show.  View the show

Other specialist high skills and focus programs are available at other schools - find out more at OCDSB Course Guide.


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