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Ontario Expanding Specialist High Skills Major and Dual Credit Programs

Province Connecting More Students With Their Preferred Career

Queens Park - Ontario is expanding the popular Specialist High Skills Major and Dual Credit programs to help more high school students turn their passions into career opportunities. The Specialist High Skills Major program offers high school students the opportunity to match their skills and interests with a career path while earning their high school diploma. This year the program is expanding to serve an additional 2,000 students across the province. Students can choose from 19 different sectors including aerospace, healthcare and transportation to help them prepare for apprenticeship training, college, university or the workplace.

As announced in the 2015 Budget, a Specialist High Skills Major pilot program is also being expanded to train 6,500 students in skills that are valuable in today’s economy including innovative thinking, problem solving, creativity and entrepreneurship.

The Dual Credit program helps students who face barriers in graduating high school to earn credits that count toward their high school diploma and a postsecondary certificate, college diploma, degree or apprenticeship certification. This school year, the program is expanding to include 600 more students across the province.

Helping more students succeed is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan builds Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan.

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