Helping More Students Succeed

    McGuinty Government Adds Two New Sectors To Successful Majors Program

    TORONTO, June 12 /CNW/ -


    Ontario is adding two new sectors to its successful Specialist High
Skills Major program to help even more students reach their full potential.
    Starting this fall, the Specialist High Skills Major
( program will include
Aviation/Aerospace and Energy. These new majors will help students train for
careers in aircraft maintenance, airport operations, aeronautical engineering,
alternative and traditional energy generation, and energy transmission and
conservation. Students learn on the job and in the classroom and earn industry
certifications, including first aid and CPR qualifications.
    Programs like the Ontario's Specialist High Skills Major are helping more
kids graduate from high school. For example, 36,000 additional students have
achieved their high school diploma with help from the government's Student
Success programs ( since
2003-04. This program is helping more students graduate by allowing them to
tailor their high school experience to suit their individual strengths, goals
and interests.


    "We are committed to helping our students succeed in school and beyond. 
By expanding our Specialist High Skills Major for the fourth year in a row,
this is one way we are helping more students achieve success."
    - Kathleen Wynne
(, Minister
of Education

    "Along with our partners in the Ontario Aerospace Council, Mohawk College
and other sector employers, as well as our co-op employers at the Hamilton
International Airport, we are proud to offer students at Ancaster High School
the exciting opportunity to major in this sector. The program aligns with the
growing demand in the industry in the Hamilton area."
    - Dr. Chris Spence, director of education, Hamilton Wentworth District
School Board (


    -  Roughly 20,000 students are expected to enrol in one of the 16 majors
       next year, compared with 600 students just three years ago.

    -  Specialist High Skills Majors are available in about 430 high schools
       and at every school board in the province with a high school.

    -  Since 2003-04, 36,000 additional students have achieved their high
       school diploma with help from the government's Student Success
       programs (


    -  Check out the list of Specialist High Skills Majors
( that are available at
your local school board.

    -  Students enrolled in a Specialist High Skills Major receive a special
       designation on their diploma and earn valuable industry-recognized

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For further information:

For further information: Jeff Rohrer, Minister's Office, (416) 314-0835;
Patricia MacNeil, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2676; Public Inquiries,
(416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514; TTY 1-800-263-2892

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