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Quick Guide


Career Opportunities

Pathways to SHSM

Required Components for SHSM

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Non-Profit SHSM

Offered in both English and French, this incomparable program is centered on real-world experiences where students are immersed in community issues and services. Through collaboration with sector partners, students will learn about complex topics affecting community development such as diversity, equity and inclusion, government policy, global thinking, immigration, and international implications. Students will sharpen their skills in communication, problem-solving, project planning and team building while exploring careers in the non-profit sector.

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

  • Conference and event planners 
  • Early childhood educators 
  • Educational assistants 
  • Social and community service workers 


  • Accounting technicians and bookkeepers 
  • Administrative officers 
  • Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants 
  • Facility operation and maintenance managers 
  • Human resources professionals 
  • Instructors of persons with disabilities 
  • Other administrative services managers 
  • Other business services managers 
  • Social policy researchers, consultants, and program officers 


  • Authors and writers 
  • Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants 
  • Elementary school and kindergarten school teachers 
  • Managers in social, community, and correctional services 
  • Professional occupations in advertising, marketing, and public relations 
  • Secondary school teachers 
  • Social policy researchers, consultants, and program officers 

Work Experience

  • Conference and event planners 
  • General office support workers 
  • Other administrative services managers 
  • Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport, and fitness 
  • Receptionists 
  • Social and community service workers 

Pathways for the SHSM


Exploration (Grade 9 and 10)

The following courses are recommended if you are considering enrolling in SHSM - Non-Profit:


  • Introduction to Business: This Grade 9 or 10 course provides students with opportunities to explore a variety of business topics by engaging in activities related to them.
  • Information and Communication Technology in Business: Expectations in this Grade 9 or 10 course build a foundation of digital literacy skills that are needed in the sector
  • Communications Technology (TGJ2O): This course provides students with opportunities to gain a better understanding of the communication and media skills required in this sector
  • 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.
  • Civics (compulsory): This Grade 10 course enables students to explore what it means to be an informed, participating citizen in a democratic society. Students learn about the elements of democracy in local, national, and global contexts.

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 or Business Studies (or a cooperative education credit related to the sector, which would be additional to the two cooperative education credits required in the bundle; see below);
  • 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!