A Specialist HighSkills Major (SHSM) is a specialized program approved by the Ministry of
Education that provides students with courses and activities that focus on a
specific work related sector. A Specialist High Skills Major enables
students to customize their high school experience to suit their interests and
talents and prepare for a successful postsecondary transition to apprenticeship
training, college, university or employment while meeting the requirements of
the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). The major enables students
to gain the sector-identified preparatory credits, skills and knowledge, and make
informed career decisions.
High Skills Major (SHSM) includes major courses, elective courses, specialized
training, and reach-ahead and experiential activities. This makes the learning
environment more engaging for students, focuses them on graduation and prepares
them to pursue their career goals. A student may exit the SHSM before
completion without jeopardizing progress towards the OSSD, retaining credits
and certifications earned up to that point. The following SHSM programs are offered
at Barrie North: Arts & Culture (Broadcasting: TV, Film and Journalism),
Business (Sports Marketing and Management), Construction, and Transportation.
For information on other SHSM programs in Simcoe County, please visit www.myshsm.ca.
and Culture - Broadcasting: TV, Film and Journalism
Careers in TV,
radio, web & desktop publishing, journalism, photography, publishing and
public relations await you as you complete this program in Broadcasting.
Whether you dream of being an on-air personality or doing the hands-on
technical production, this program will get you started in an exciting career!
offers a combination of academic and technical training. You will spend much of
your time working on projects in labs and studios to develop technical and
production skills. Using industry-standard television, audio and computer
technology, you will be involved in all aspects of media production.
Sports Marketing and Management
Careers in Sports
Marketing and Management such as ticket sales, sports broadcasting, journalism,
being a general manager, player development, designing advertising campaigns
and more await upon completion of this program. If you are a sports fan,
or have ever wanted to work in the sporting industry, this program is for
you. The Specialist Program in Sports Marketing and Management offers a
wide variety of specialized training. Students will have the opportunity
to take Ministry certified courses, as well as extend their learning on
exciting field trips and experiential learning activities. Students will
also gain certifications in CPR, WHMIS, First Aid and more.
If you are
interested in working anywhere in the construction industry as a framing or
finishing carpenter, residential or commercial electrician, general contractor,
designer, this program offers an opportunity to add a unique qualification to
your high school graduation diploma as well as a base of experience and special
set of industry-specific skills and knowledge. Barrie North has a unique
full-sized shop outfitted with tools and machines for both construction and
cabinetry as well as industry standard software for Computer Aided
Design. Students have the opportunity to work on projects that are real-world
and will develop the skills needed to enter and succeed in the construction
Auto Mechanics and Auto Body
If you are
interested in working in the automotive industry as an Auto Mechanic or an Auto
Body technician, this program offers an opportunity to add a unique
qualification to your high school graduation diploma.
Barrie North has
a unique facility in that it houses both an automotive and an auto body shop
equipped to handle all types of vehicles and services. Students have the
opportunity to work on their own cars, motorcycles, snowmobiles or recreational
vehicles as well as experience a real life workplace in the transportation