June 14, 2013 - Ontario is expanding its Specialist High Skills Majors program to help more Thunder Bay high school students succeed and prepare for their future careers.
Beginning this September, Superior Collegiate and Vocational Institute will offer Specialist High Skills Majors in Manufacturing.
Specialized programs allow students to focus their learning on specific economic sectors while developing the skills needed for apprenticeship training, college, university and the workplace. New program components that focus on innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship are currently being developed for all majors within the program.
Helping students succeed while preparing them for 21st century jobs is part of the new Ontario governmentâ€™s plan to build a fair and prosperous society and a strong economy.
â€œIâ€™m happy to see these new opportunities for high school students here in Thunder Bay. Weâ€™re giving our young people the opportunities they need to follow their passion, improve their skills and knowledge, and succeed in their careers beyond high school.â€
- Michael Gravelle, MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North
â€œPrograms like the Specialist High Skills Majors are helping meet studentsâ€™ individual learning needs and interests. By expanding these programs, weâ€™re creating more opportunities for our students to succeed and prepare for the jobs of tomorrow.â€ - Liz Sandals, Minister of Education
â€œSpecialist High Skills Major programs are yet another example of the innovative, current and comprehensive programming offered at Lakehead Public Schools. Our students are able to earn their diploma and at the same time, are able to fulfill a number of requirements for their future education and program requirements.â€ - Catherine Siemieniuk, Director of Education, Lakehead Public Schools
This is the seventh year in a row Ontario is increasing the number of Specialist High Skills Majors in Ontario high schools to meet growing demand.
More than 42,000 students will be enrolled in the program across Ontario next school year â€“ an increase of 4,000 students over this school year.
Student Success programs such as the Specialist High Skills Majors have helped the graduation rate increase to 83 per cent, from 68 per cent in 2003-04.
In September 2013, about 22,000 high school students will also have access to 600 dual credit programs across Ontario. Dual credits can count towards a high school diploma and a postsecondary diploma, degree or apprenticeship certification.
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