Communications + Information Technology SHSM

About The Program

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The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program in Communications and Information Technology (IT) gives students an opportunity to specialize, gain qualifications, and plan a career pathway in various areas of the Communications and IT sectors while still in high school.  The SHSM Program has a number of required components, designed to give students a “leg-up” to pursue post-secondary opportunities in each of the identified sectors, valuing all 4 destinations.  

The Required Components are as follows:

  • Bundled Credits: Each SHSM program offers students a bundle of 8 - 10 credits, including:
    • 4 “major” credits in Communications or Information Technology (2 in Grade 11 and 2 in Grade 12)
    • Supporting credits: 1 Grade 12 English credit, 1 Grade 11 math credit, 1 art, business studies or science credit,  2 cooperative education credits, and other complimenting credits depending on the program, that will be delivered in the context of that sector
  • Contextualized Learning Activities: Supporting credits, such as English, math, or art, business or science, include units and other opportunities for SHSM students to learn in the context of the sector they have chosen
    • i.e. Students develop a plan for managing their Communications company in their business course
  • Certifications and Awareness Training: Sector-recognized certifications related to the major and selected from a list, including Standard First Aid, CPR Training, WHMIS and three electives specific to the Communications and Information Technology sector
  • Experiential Learning Opportunities:  Communications and Information Technology image 2
    • Job-shadowing, job-twinning, work experience
    • Minimum of 2 Cooperative Education credits linked to the major
    • Field trips, other workplace experiences for students to explore careers related to that sector
  • Documentation of Essential Skills and Work Habits through the Ontario Skills Passport
  • Reach Ahead Experiences: In the field and sectors considered as a post-secondary destination, ranging from a few hours to full courses (dual credit programs)
  • Students can complete the SHSM program to prepare them for their pathway to any of the four post-secondary destinations, apprenticeship, college, university and work


More Information

For more information on the Specialist High Skills Major Communications and Information Technology program, contact your school guidance counsellor, log onto or contact the program teacher.

Programs & Locations


Program Name   City Program Teacher Further Information
Info & Communication Technology - Music & Audio Production Technology Milton District High School Milton Christopher Carson-Forster
Focus on creation, recording and production of music and sound
TEC Engineering (Transportation, Electronics, Construction Engineering)
L.B. Pearson High School, Burlington Burlington

Lisa Galay

Rose Manzella ( or Leah McCann

Program Info
Communications Technology Acton District High School Acton Wade Stark
(519) 853-2920
Information Communications Technology Christ the King Catholic S.S. Georgetown Mike Silvello
(905) 702-8838
Program Website
Pathway Planner
Computer Engineering Bishop P.F. Reding S.S. Milton Bruce Mazer
905 875-0125
Program Website
Pathway Planner
Information Communications Technology Assumption Catholic Secondary School Burlington Mark Ives
Program Website
Assist Program Craig Kielburger S.S


Mike Druiven
Program Brochure
Assist Program T.A. Blakelock Oakville

Alan Payne

Program webpage

Program Brochure
Information Communication Technology - Computer Engineering Notre Dame Secondary School Burlington Adam Mikitzel
Program Brochure
SHSM Communications Technology Abbey Park High School 


September 2013 start

Veronica Kleinsmith

905 827-4101

Focus on Communications Technology and development of skills in TV/Video Production, Graphic Design, Media Arts and Web Design.

Program Brochure


To learn more about the process or to start the process you can download the following document. This document is designed to help you through the process of being accepted into a SHSM program.


You may also pick up a complete package from the School to Career Guidance contact at your present school to book a visit or interview.

For the name of the School to Career Contact at your school go to our Contact Us page.


OnSorts (On-Line Student OYAP Registration and Tracking System) Use OnSorts to keep your post-secondary endeavours up-to-date, show your interest in apprenticeship or coop studies, or just to learn more about your options.
ALL HCDSB students must meet with their guidance counsellor or Lead teacher to apply to a program currently running in this school year. 

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