High Skills, High Hopes

    McGuinty Government Prepares Even More Students For Future Jobs

    TORONTO, Sept. 2 /CNW/ -


    It's every student's dream - finding a career that matches their
interests. Now, more Ontario high school students will get that opportunity.
    The government is expanding its Specialist High Skills Majors
(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/morestudentsuccess/SHSM.html) (SHSM) program by
adding two majors: Community Safety and Emergency Services and Information and
Communications Technology. This will help even more students train for careers
in fields such as fire protection, telecommunications and computer
    Students learn on the job and in the classroom. They also earn valuable
industry certifications, including first aid and C.P.R. qualifications. The
program allows students to customize their learning, giving them more
opportunity to explore career goals. Thanks in part to this program,
graduation rates have gone from 68 per cent to 75 per cent since 2003. That
means 22,500 more students have graduated.
    The Specialist High Skills Majors program is part of the government's
plan to invest
(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/document/energize/energize_sum.pdf) in the
skills and education of its people.


    "We're helping students tailor their education so they can take charge of
their futures and reach their full potential," said Premier Dalton McGuinty.
    "By providing these innovative learning opportunities, we are seeing more
students engaged in high school and - more importantly - graduating," said
Education Minister Kathleen Wynne.


    -   SHSM programs are offered in 338 Ontario high schools.
    -   About 14,000 students are enrolled in one of 14 available majors
    -   The program is now available in all school boards across Ontario.


    Read student success stories
    Learn more about other ways Ontario is helping
(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/morestudentsuccess/ad.html) students succeed.
    See what happened when a mom got more involved
(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/seasonal/) in her daughter's education.

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