SHSM Programs

Specialist High Skills Major Programs allow students to focus on a sector, or area, that interests them for their final 2 years of secondary/high school. These programs target all students, as programming may lead to university, college, apprenticeships and, the workforce.

White Oaks offers Specialist High Skills Major program in:

GREEN INDUSTRIES: URBAN PLANNING, HORTICULTURE & LANDSCAPING

The Green Industries: Urban Planning, Horticulture & Landscaping Specialist High Skills Major Program provides students with the opportunity to investigate the entire Green Industries sector and develop skills that are in demand for the fields' employers, educators and concerned public.

Potential careers that can be pursued following this schooling include: Landscape Architect, Urban Planner, small business operator (ie. Design/Build Landscaping Company owner), Arborist, Irrigation Specialist, Herbicide/Fungicide/Pesticide applicator or, Golf Course Groundskeeper and many more.

For further program information please contact:

  • Conor Morris, Green Industries Teacher
  • (905) 845-5200 ext. 272
  • morrisc@hdsb.ca

HEALTH SCIENCES & WELLNESS PROMOTION

The Health Sciences & Wellness Promotion Specialist High Skills Major Program provides students with the opportunity to learn and work across the full range of the Health & Wellness sector.

This learning can prepare students for a wide range of career opportunities including, but not limited to: the health sciences (nurse, medical doctor, chiropractor, physiotherapist), athletic coach, sports management, Personal Support Worker, or fitness trainer.

For further program information please contact:

Karry Brabenec, Head of Health & Physical Education

Shannon Lord, Health & Physical Education Teacher

MOTIVE POWER: ENGINEERING, DESIGN & MAINTENANCE

The Motive Power: Engineering, Design & Maintenance Specialist High Skills Major Program provides students with the opportunity to learn and work across the full range of the Motive Power sector.

This learning can prepare you for potential careers as: a small business owner (Garage or Repair Shop), an automotive mechanic, an automotive design engineer, a service department manager, an automotive salesperson and a truck and coach mechanic, a marine and small engines mechanic.

For further program information please contact:

Conor Morris, Department Head

Kevin Worster, Automotive Teacher

NUTRITION, FOOD SERVICE & TOURISM

The Nutrition, Food Service & Tourism Specialist High Skills Major Program provides students with the opportunity to learn and work across the full range of the Culinary Arts & Tourism sector.

This learning can prepare you for potential careers as: a small business owner (Restaurateur), a nutritionist, a sommelier, a hotel manager, a chef, a line cook, and a server.

For further program information please contact:

Jon Hogan, Culinary School Teacher

PERFORMANCE & MEDIA ARTS: DRAMA, MUSIC & VISUAL ARTS

The Performance & Media Arts: Drama, Music, & Visual Art Specialist High Skills Major Program provides students with the opportunity to learn and work across the full range of the Arts sector, with a particular focus on music.

This learning can prepare you for potential careers: as a musician (vocal, traditional instrumental, guitar), a production/stage manager, an artist, an actor, or an audio/visual technician .

For further program information please contact:

Carmen Gassi, Head of Arts & Moderns