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Quick Guide


Career Opportunities

Pathways to SHSM

Required Components for SHSM

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Information & Communications Technology SHSM

In today’s digital world, information sharing takes on new meaning all the time as methods of communica- tion continuously shift and evolve. This dynamic program allows students to explore a wide range of digital media streams, such as multimedia production, game design, audio engineering, robotics, app develop- ment, video and film production, graphics, photography, animation, web development and more! Through participation in related activities and opportunities, students will develop transferable skills that can be applied across all digital media platforms.

What Students can Expect:

  • Hands-On Learning

  • Industry-Relevant Certifications and Expert Connections

  • Clear Pathways to Your Dream Career

Benefits for Career Advancement:

  • Acquiring Specialized Expertise

  • Enhanced Employability

  • Foundation for Further Education and Entrepreneurship

Set Yourself Apart

With an SHSM under your belt, you're not just another student - you're a specialist. Employers are on the lookout for the skills and knowledge you'll possess, making you a standout candidate in a competitive job market.

Careers Opportunities


Apprenticeship Training

  • Computer network technicians 
  • Telecommunications installation and repair workers 
  • Telecommunications line and cable workers 
  • User support technicians 


  • Audio and video recording technicians 
  • Broadcast technicians 
  • Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians 
  • Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment) 
  • Film and video camera operators 
  • Graphic designers and illustrators 
  • Information systems testing technicians 
  • Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators 
  • User support technicians 


  • Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) 
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers 
  • Information systems analysts and consultants 
  • Software engineers and designers 
  • Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade 

Work Experience

  • Desktop publishing operators and related occupations 
  • Other trades helpers and labourers 
  • Residential and commercial installers and servicers 
  • Retail salespersons 

Pathways for the SHSM


Exploration (Grade 9 and 10)

The following courses are recommended if you are considering enrolling in SHSM - Information and Communications Technology:


  • Exploring Technologies (TIJ 1O): This Grade 9 course is recommended for all students following SHSM pathways that have a technological education focus. The course provides students with opportunities to explore a variety of technologies, including agriculture technology, by engaging in activities related to them.
  • Career Studies (GLC 2O) and Discovering the Workplace (GLD 2O): Some of the expectations in these Grade 10 courses provide opportunities for students to explore occupations and other postsecondary options in the sector and to participate in experiential learning activities.
  • Communications Technology (TGJ2O), Introduction to Computer Studies (ICS2O), or Computer Technology (TEJ20): These courses are recommended for any Grade 10 student who is considering enrolling in an SHSM–Information and Communications Technology program. They provide students with opportunities to explore the ICT sector, identify personal interests and aptitudes, and gain a better understanding of the program.

Specialization (Grade 11 and 12)

To earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with an SHSM, students must complete the five required components.

First steps: Students and their parents/guardians are encouraged to consult with guidance counsellors and teachers to select the courses that will enable students to pursue their goals.

Helpful tips: 

  • Pursuing an apprenticeship? The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) allows them to kickstart their journey while working towards their OSSD. 
  • Attending University? Students on the university pathway advised to complete the required cooperative education credits in Grade 11, ensuring flexibility in their Grade 12 schedules. 
  • Technological education courses may be available as single-credit or multiple-credit options. Speak to your guidance counsellor or teacher for more information.

Required Components for SHSM 


1.     A bundle of nine Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits

  • Four major credits
  • Three other required credits from the Ontario curriculum. The three credits include:
  • one in English
  • one in Mathematics
  • one in Science, Business Studies, or Arts
  • Two sector specific cooperative education credits

2.     Certifications and training experiences

Three (3) compulsory:

  • CPR Level C – includes automated external defibrillation (AED)
  • Standard First Aid
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) 

Three (3) electives

For a full list of electives available at your school, please speak with a guidance counsellor or technological teacher. 


3.     Experiential Learning and Career Exploration Activities

Experiential learning and career exploration activities give students opportunities to explore, observe, participate in, and reflect on a variety of sector-specific experiences and careers. These activities also enable students enrolled in the SHSM to find out about the opportunities available in careers that interest them. These opportunities might include:

  • a day-long observation of a skilled tradesperson in the agriculture sector (job shadowing)
  • a one- or two-week work experience with a member of an industry association or a professional in the sector (work experience)
  • attendance at a trade show, job fair, conference or another unique experience

4.     Reach Ahead Experiences

Reach Ahead experiences are learning experiences connected with the student’s postsecondary pathway in their selected sector. Students are provided one or more reach ahead experiences – opportunities to take the next steps along their chosen pathway. Some examples can include:

  • visiting a conference or relevant workshop
  • completing a dual credit course
  • interviewing a post-secondary student enrolled in a sector-specific program
  • observing a university or college class in a sector-related program
  • interviewing an employee in the sector
  • visiting an job site in the sector

5.     Sector-Partnered Experiences (SPEs)

Students engage with a sector partner and apply skills to gain insight into the relationship between this sector and ICE (innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship), coding, and/or mathematical literacy.

Interested in becoming an SHSM student?

Talk to your teacher or guidance department today!