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  • June 18, 2013


Ontario Government Expands Popular Program for Local Students

OAKVILLE -- Ontario is expanding its Specialist High Skills Majors program to help more Oakville high school students succeed and prepare for their future careers, Oakville MPP Kevin Flynn announced today.

Two more Oakville high schools will offer additional Specialist High Skills Majors this September, including:

  • Abbey Park High School – Information and Communications Technology
  •  Garth Webb Secondary School – Energy and Environment

With these additions, there will be a total of 25 Specialist High Skills Majors offered in ten Oakville high schools next school year in sectors such as business, transportation and health and wellness.

“We’re giving our students the opportunities they need to follow their passion, improve their skills and knowledge and succeed in their careers,” said Flynn.

The specialized programs allow students to focus their learning on specific economic sectors while developing the skills needed for apprenticeship training, college, university and the workplace. New program components that focus on innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship are currently being developed for all majors within the program.

Helping students succeed while preparing them for 21st century jobs is part of the new Ontario government’s plan to build a fair and prosperous society and a strong economy.


  • This is the seventh year in a row Ontario is increasing the number of Specialist High Skills Majors in Ontario high schools to meet growing demand.
  • More than 42,000 students will be enrolled in the program across Ontario next school year – an increase of 4,000 students over this school year.
  • Student Success programs such as the Specialist High Skills Majors have helped the graduation rate increase to 83 per cent, from 68 per cent in 2003-04.
  • In September 2013, about 22,000 high school students will also have access to 600 dual credit programs across Ontario. Dual credits can count towards a high school diploma and a postsecondary diploma, degree or apprenticeship certification.



For more information contact:
Steven Ball
(416) 327-0806

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