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Student Success Programs
All high schools in the SCDSB offer Student Success programs which include, but are not limited to: credit recovery, expanded cooperative education, dual credits, specialist high skills majors (SHSM), education and career planning, as well as transition programs for students as they enter and graduate from secondary school.
Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

A Specialist High Skills Major is a bundle of mySHSM.cacredits, experiences and certifications that focuses on one sector of the economy. Its purpose is to introduce students to and prepare them for careers in those sectors at the Workplace, College, Apprenticeship or University level.
For more information on SHSM programs in Simcoe County District School Board, please contact the school involved or contact Justin van Diepen at or (705) 734-6363, ext. 11465.
Dual Credits

Dual credits give secondary students the opportunity to sample college and gain credit in both secondary school and college. Students take a college credit from a college faculty member and must meet the requirements to pass. If successful, they are given an optional credit at secondary school and are issued a college transcript. The course will be recognized at college if they choose to attend a program for which the course is a requirement. The course counts towards their secondary school diploma. Dual credits give students the opportunity to sample post-secondary education, work in college labs, experience a new environment and build their confidence.  

View a list of Dual Credit courses offered and the course outlines.
To learn more, go to or contact Dana Ramsay, SCDSB School-College-Work Initiative Program Coordinator at or 705-734-6363, ext. 11810.
Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program is available to all full-time students who are at least 16 years old and have 16 high school credits.  Students must be taking cooperative education and may be registered as an apprentice to their employer with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. All of the hours they work in co-op and any part-time work may then be credited towards their apprenticeship.  Students are also placed on the trade school waiting list at the time of their registration. Read more about the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program.
For more information or specific questions about OYAP, please contact your school's co-op department or Sarah Kekewich, OYAP Coordinator at

Co-op and Experiential Learning
Experiential learning opportunities provide real-life work experiences for students in the community. Students can:
  • Experience hands-on learning
  • Test-drive some cool career options
  • Develop the essential skills required in the workplace
  • Gain valuable work experience
  • Build a résumé for post secondary programs and future employment.

There are four main types of experiential learning programs in our schools.
Cooperative Education
All students, regardless of their postsecondary destination, have the opportunity to take co-op. Cooperative Education is a planned learning experience, for which credits are earned, that integrates classroom theory and learning experiences at a workplace. Two co-op credits can count towards a student’s compulsory requirements in Groups 1, 2 and/or 3. 

Find out more details on the types of Cooperative Education programs offered in Simcoe County. Watch a video about the co-op program produced by Barrie North's 'Viking TV'.
Job Shadowing 
Job shadowing involves the pairing of a student with a worker in a specific occupation at a place of employment for one-on-one observation by the student. It may be integrated into any credit course or be a component of a student's school-work transition program.
Job Twinning
Job twinning involves the pairing of a student with a Cooperative Education student for one-on-one observation at his or her placement. Job Twinning may be integrated into any credit course and may also be a component of a student's school-work transition program.
Work Experience 
Work experience is a planned learning opportunity, within any credit course, that provides students with relatively short-term work experiences, usually of one or two weeks' duration and not exceeding four weeks. Credits cannot be granted for Work Experience alone.

For more information on Co-op and Experiential Learning contact the school involved or Justin van Diepen at or (705) 734-6363, ext. 11465.​