Ontario is helping more York Region area high school students graduate and find their passion in the workforce with the expansion of Specialist High Skills Major programs.
Starting this September, 22 York Region area high schools will offer 8 additional Specialist High Skills Major programs, including:
With these additions, there will be 10 Specialist High Skills Majors offered in York Region high schools next school year in sectors such as Transportation, Environment and Business. Through these programs, students earn credits while developing the skills needed for college, university, apprenticeship or the workplace.
Building a well-educated workforce that helps Ontario compete in the global economy is part of the McGuinty government’s plan to open the door to a bright future for high school graduates.
"Three new Specialist High Skills Major Programs in Oak Ridges-Markham will help the students in my riding to explore and gain valuable workplace skills while earning the credits required to graduate, these skills will in turn promote active contribution to a stronger economy."
- Dr. Helena Jaczek, MPP for Oak Ridges-Markham
“Our children all learn differently. They need opportunities that both match their interests and provide a variety of avenues for career success. With five new programs in Vaughan, that’s good news for students and parents.”
- Greg Sorbara, MPP for Vaughan
“The Specialist High Skills Major program is a favourite of the students I meet in our high schools. Getting experience in a range of fields helps young people discover their talents and possible career options while earning credits to graduate.”
- Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Education
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