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Specialist High Skills Major - Agriculture 


Agriculture SHSM

The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) in Agriculture enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace.

Where local circumstances allow, boards may elect to offer one or more variants of the SHSM in a given sector, each with a particular area of focus. This SHSM may be designed to have a particular focus – for example, on agricultural equipment or animal and crop science. This focus is achieved through the selection of the four major credits in the bundle.

A bundle of nine Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits

These credits make up the bundle:

  • four agriculture major credits that provide sector-specific knowledge and skills. The four courses must include at least one Grade 11 and one Grade 12 credit, and may include one cooperative education credit related to the sector. (This cooperative education credit would be additional to the two that are required in the bundle; see below);

  • three other required credits from the Ontario curriculum, in each of which some expectations must be met through a contextualized learning activity (CLA) for the agriculture sector. The three credits include:
    • one in English;1
    • one in mathematics; and
    • 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 cooperative education credits that provide authentic learning experiences in a workplace setting, enabling students to refine, extend, apply, and practise sector-specific knowledge and skills.

Note: that a compulsory English credit is required in Grade 11 and in Grade 12 for graduation with an OSSD. Schools may determine whether the CLA, required

Sector-recognized certifications and/or training courses/programs

This SHSM sector requires students to complete a specified number of compulsory and elective sector-recognized certifications and/or training courses/programs, as indicated in the following table. NOTE: Where an item in the table is capitalized, it is the proper name of the specific certification or training course/program that is appropriate for the SHSM. Where an item is lowercased, it is the name of an area, type, or category of training for which specific certifications or training courses/programs should be selected by the school or board. The requirements are summarized in the table below

 

Three (3) compulsory

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level C – includes automated external defibrillation (AED)

Standard First Aid

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) – generic (i.e., not site-specific) instruction

 

Three (3) electives from the list below

animal first aid

basic electrical safety

chainsaw safety

compass/map/global positioning system (GPS)

customer service

equipment operation safety

fall protection

fundamentals of the combine – level 1

grain grading

hazardous atmospheres and confined spaces

health and safety – basic

herbicide and pesticide

hydraulics – basic

infection control

Working at Heights

introduction to pest management

ladder safety training

large animal handling

leadership skills

livestock medicine

livestock production

lockout/tagging

nutrient management

portfolio development

principles of drainage

project management

safe lifting

sector-specific software 1

sector-specific sustainability practices

sector-specific vehicle operation and safety

seed saving

small engine maintenance

soil testing techniques

theory of combine settings and adjustments – level 2

transgenic plant identification

vehicle lift safety

weed and pest identification and management

soil classification and testing

 

 


Experiential Learning & Career Exploration

Experiential learning and career exploration opportunities relevant to the sector might include the following:

  • one-on-one observation of a cooperative education student at a placement in the agriculture sector (an example of job twinning)
  • a day-long observation of a skilled tradesperson in the agriculture sector (an example of job shadowing)
  • a one- or two-week work experience with a member of an industry association or a professional in the sector (an example of work experience)
  • the grooming of an animal (e.g., a dog, a cow, or a horse) for a competition
  • the care and feeding of farm animals
  • a visit to a farmers' market or farm machinery supplier

Essential Skills & Work Habits

Innovative, Creativity & Entrepreneurship Training (ICE)
The ICE training in SHSM programs will allow students to understand the world from the perspectives of others, generate new ideas, and give students the confidence to develop strategies to implement and sustain their ideas while considering the impacts and consequences their innovation has on the world around them.

Or

Sector-delivered Contextualized Coding
(e.g. SHSM-Agriculture:  GPS, GIS, Computer-controlled Devices with Ontario Federation of Agriculture)

Or

Sector-delivered Contextualized Mathematical literacy
(e.g. SHSM-Horticulture and Landscaping: estimating, measuring, and budgeting with Landscape Ontario)

Reach Ahead Experiences

Students are provided one or more reach ahead experiences – opportunities to take the next steps along their chosen pathway – as shown in the following examples:

  • Apprenticeship: visiting an approved apprenticeship delivery agent in the sector
  • College: interviewing a college student enrolled in a sector-specific program
  • University: observing a university class in a sector-related program
  • Workplace: interviewing an employee in the sector

Schools offering Agriculture SHSM

  • CharLan DHS
  • North Dundas DHS
  • Seaway DHS
  • Smiths Falls District CI
  • Tagwi SS
  • Vankleek Hill CI


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