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Students must complete a number of non-credit activities in order to complete the SHSM program and attain their Red Seal. These non-credit activities can be broken down into 4 categories: Certification Programs, Reach Ahead Activities, Ontario Skills Passport, and Experiential Learning. The chart below explains what each of these non-credit activities involves and what requirements must be met in order to complete the ICT SHSM program.

Students will complete industry-recognized training and certification programs as a part of the ICT SHSM. Currently these programs will be delivered free of charge to the students in the classroom, online, and through training centers. For each of the programs completed, students will receive Certificates of Awareness.

During the SHSM program, students must complete 6 certifications: 3 mandatory certificates and 3 electives. The three (3) Mandatory Options as prescribed by the Ministry are WHMIS, First Aid, and CPR.

In addition to these three certificates, students must complete an additional three (3) Elective Options. The options available may vary by school year and resources, but at least 3 options will be provided to students to allow them to satisfy the minimum program requirements. Students may choose to take more than 3 elective options if they desire, subject to available spaces in the program.

More than one (1) Reach Ahead Activity must be completed. Reach Ahead Activities have included, seminars, presentations, competitions and field trips that are related to the ICT sector. This includes a variety of inventories and job finding skills, activities and safety issues that are delivered in the 2 or 4 credit co-op courses. Any activity that is done in or out of school time that is related to finding out more about careers in the ICT field is a part of Experiential Learning. Job Shadowing, OYAP, Work Experience and Job Twinning are some examples of experiential learning.

In addition to completing program-specific non-credit activities, student must also complete the non-credit components of their OSSD, including community service hours and the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT).

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 June 2012 13:18


Reminders for SHSM Graduates

A reminder to SHSM students who are in a position to graduate at the end of this year to check with Ms. Takas (H&W) or Mr. Wires (ICT) to ensure that all of your certifications, volunteer hours, and reach ahead experiences have been properly documented and recorded so that you can graduate with your SHSM seal.

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