Specialist High Skills Major Program-Construction 

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What is SHSM?

Specialist High Skills Major let students focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests.

Welcome Message

Laura Secord is proud to support students with an excellent opportunity to advance their knowledge by offering a Specialist High Skills Major Program in Construction. This program lets students focus on a career path that matches their skills and interest in construction. Here at Laura Secord, we provide ten Grade 11 and 12 credits including four that major in Technology, allowing students to receive knowledge and skills specific to the Construction sector, and 2 cooperative education credits that provide authentic learning experiences in a workplace setting, enabling students to refine, extend, apply and practice construction-specific skills and knowledge they acquired in the classroom.


A minimum of five Certifications that are recognized and valued by the Construction sector. These include Standard First Aid, CPR C with AED, WHMIS, Health & Safety Basic, and Working at Heights. Additionally, based upon student interest and their future construction-specific sector, these courses and certifications are also available: Hoisting and Rigging, Powder-Actuated Tools, Propane in Construction, Scaffold Safety,  Suspended Access Equipment, Chainsaw Safety, Confined Space Awareness, Elevating Work Platforms, Energy Efficiency, Electrical Safety, Traffic Control, Trenching Safety, Insulated Concrete Forming, Personal Protective Equipment in Construction, and Lift Truck Safety.


Planned learning activities that take place outside the traditional classroom setting. Providing students with the opportunity to explore, observe, participate in, and reflect on a variety of construction-specific experiences and careers. "Reach Ahead" experiences, which are learning activities connected with the student's postsecondary goals in the Construction sector. Development of Essential Skills and Work Habits that make it possible to learn technical, practical, and hands-on skills related to the Construction Sector.

Who they're for

Students who are heading for university, college, apprenticeship or the workplace.

How they help

By making courses more relevant to students, they get a better understanding of a subject because they learn it in real work environments. Students learn on the job with employers, as well as in school. The sector-specific certifications and training they receive are valued and industry standards. The SHSM-Construction is designed to prepare students for post-secondary, and give them the opportunity to start pursuing those goals now!  SHSM-Construction is in partnership with OYAP, Co-operative learning, and the DSBN Homebuild which all offer a multitude of key learning experiences, knowledge, and practical applications that will enable and help ensure that students are better prepared for their post-secondary goals. At graduation, students receive a specially designated diploma and an SHSM record outlining all of their achievements within the SHSM-Construction.

How to get started?

To find out more about the Specialist High Skills Majors that are offered at Laura Secord, talk to the SHSM Construction Leader or any Secord Tech Teacher.

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