Niagara College and Niagara Catholic District School Board team up to upgrade skills of High Skills Major students

Dozens of Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) students from several Niagara Catholic District School Board secondary schools upgraded their skills credentials through several skills programs at Niagara College over this past week.

Skills Certifications were awarded in the areas of Construction, Horticulture and Landscaping, Hospitality and Tourism, and Transportation Technology. Students completed programs held at Niagara College’s two main campuses in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake.

The Skills Certifications earned will add to the credentials of the respective students, facilitating the pursuit of further post-secondary education and training or employment following graduation from high school.

Examples of Certifications awarded include:

Construction – Health and Safety Basic, Fall Protection, Personal Protective Equipment and Traffic Control

Horticulture and Landscaping – Reach Ahead Tour

Hospitality and Tourism – Smart Serve

Transportation Technology – Fire Extinguishing, Vehicle Lift Safety, Health and Safety Basic

The over 150 participating students represented Notre Dame, Blessed Trinity, Denis Morris, Holy Cross, Lakeshore Catholic, St. Francis, and Saint Michael secondary schools.

The NCDSB’s Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) allows students to focus on a career path that matches their individual skills and interests. Each major is a bundle of 6 to 12 courses in a selected sector such as Construction, Horticulture and Landscaping, Hospitality and Tourism, and Transportation. Students who choose an SHSM designation learn through co-operative education and experiential learning placement within the community.

Students who complete an SHSM designation are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and industry-recognized qualifications desired by post secondary institutions such as Niagara College, and by employers.

Niagara College offers several post-secondary skills training and apprenticeship programs in the areas of Mechanical, Electrical, Motive Power, Culinary, Construction, Hospitality and Tourism, and Horticulture. Due to increased demand for skills training, Niagara College is undertaking a significant multi-million dollar expansion of its main Welland and NOTL campuses over 2009 and 2010.


For more information, contact:

Gordon Hunchak
Director, Marketing & Communications
Niagara College
905-735-2211, ext. 7567
905-650-7820 (cell)

Pat Mete
Secondary Consultant
Niagara Catholic District School Board
905-735-0240, ext. 118

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