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Arts & Culture Specialist High Skills Major

The Specialist High Skills Major program in Arts & Culture at Burlington Central High School offers students an opportunity to specialize, gain qualifications, and plan a career pathway in various areas of the Arts & Culture sector while still in high school.   We offer a wide variety of Arts courses as part of the program, focusing in; Drama, Music, Musical Theatre, Media Arts, Design, Technical Theatre, Communications Technology, Film and Video and Visual Arts.

Program At-A-Glance:

The Arts & Culture program is a bundle of 8 credits, completed in grades 11 and 12.  These courses include:
  • 4 “major” credits in their Arts area(s) of focus (normally 2 in grade 11 + 2 in grade 12)
  • 1 credit in Grade 12 English
  • 1 credit in Business or Canadian & World Studies
  • 2 coop credits in a related occupation placement to the Arts & Culture sector
Additional Opportunities and Experiences:

Students who enrol in the Specialist High Skills Major program in Arts & Culture have special opportunities to gain related experience and enhance their portfolios through:

  • Certifications and Awareness Training: Students will complete 3 mandatory certifications in First Aid, CPR and WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) Training.  3 additional certifications will be completed based on individual interests and opportunities through courses, guest speakers, field trip opportunities etc.
  • Experiential Learning Opportunities, such as job-shadowing industry professionals and gain workplace experience in the Arts & Culture sector through cooperative education
  • Reach Ahead Experiences which provide opportunities to explore post-secondary education in the Arts & Culture sector and assist in supporting the building of career pathways.
Next Steps for Interested Students:
  • Check out additional program information through www.schooltocareer.ca and discuss your interest with parents and guardians
  • Connect with Mr. Ford, SHSM Arts & Culture Program Lead, to ask questions and get more information
  • See Ms. Robbins in Student Services to get registered on OnSORTS and to discuss planning your course pathway and next steps to enrol in the program.


Manufacturing Specialist High Skills Major

Automobiles, wood products, petroleum and coal products, iron and steel mills, primary metals and fabricated metal products, electricity, plastics and rubber products, printing, biotechnology, textiles, clothing and leather products are all aspects of the Manufacturing sector.  In Ontario, Manufacturing still accounts for the greatest number of jobs due to this wide variety of both consumer and industrial goods, and is currently undergoing fundamental change to remain competitive in a global economy.

Program At-A-Glance:

The Manufacturing program is a bundle of 8-10 credits, depending on a student’s pathway.  Courses are completed in grades 11 & 12 and include:
  • 4 “major” credits in Manufacturing (2 in grade 11 + 2 in grade 12)
  • 1 senior English credit in either Grade 11 or Grade 12, depending on a student’s pathway
  • 1 credit in Grade 11 or 12 Math, depending on a student’s pathway
  • 2 coop credits in a related occupation placement to experience life in the Manufacturing sector
Additional Opportunities and Experiences:

Students who enrol in the Specialist High Skills Major Manufacturing program have special opportunities to gain related experience and enhance their educational experience through:

  • Certifications and Awareness Training: Students will complete 3 mandatory certifications in First Aid, CPR and WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) Training.  A minimum of 3 additional sector-recognized certifications will be completed that relate to the Manufacturing sector, such as fall arrest training, lockout/tagout training, CAD/CAM certification and confined space training.
  • Experiential Learning Opportunities, such as job-shadowing industry professionals and gaining workplace experience in the Manufacturing sector through cooperative education
  • Reach Ahead Experiences which provide opportunities to explore post-secondary education in the Manufacturing sector and assist in supporting the building of career pathways in apprenticeship, college, university and the workplace.
  • Robotics team participation:  the BCHS Trojan robotics program is part of FIRST Robotics; a worldwide event.  The team, which is made up of many SHSM Manufacturing students, use their skills to design, prototype and build a competitive machine and then attend both local and international tournaments.  It is an excellent opportunity to gain real world experience and skills, all while having fun.  More information about the BCHS Robotics team can be found athttp://bchrobotics.com/
Next Steps for Interested Students:

  • Check out additional program information at www.schooltocareer.ca 
  • See Ms. Robbins in Student Services or Mr. Arnold SHSM program lead to get registered on OnSORTS and to discuss planning your course pathway and next steps to enrol in the program.
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