WHAT IS A SPECIALIST HIGH SKILLS MAJOR?<br />A NEW DESIGNATION ONLY AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS IN APPROVED SCHOOLS WHO TAKE A SPECIFIC BUNDLE OF COURSES<br />COMES WITH A LARGE NUMBER OF USEFUL CERTIFICATIONS AND TRAINING<br />NHHS HAS BOTH FORESTRY AND THE ENVIRONMENT HIGH SKILLS MAJORS<br />COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY APPLICATION FORMS NOW INDICATE IF YOU HAVE COMPLETED A SPECIALIST HIGH SKILLS MAJOR PROGRAM<br />
Advantages of Earning a Specialist High Skills Major in FORESTRY<br /> Ontario is blessed with vast, sustainable, managed forests, the foundation of a thriving forest products industry that manufactures high-quality products for world markets. The forest industry provides direct and indirect employment to over 200 000 people across the province. At present, there is a severe shortage of skilled forestry workers and entry-level wages are higher than those for most of the registered trades. Students also have the option to study forestry at college and university. The SHSM Forestry enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering a postsecondary destination, whether it be apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace.<br />
Advantages of Earning a Specialist High Skills Major in the ENVIRONMENT<br />Canada is the second largest country in the world, with an area of almost 10 million square kilometers. Although rich in natural resources, we are facing many issues related to the environment, including global warming, species at risk, air and water quality concerns, and resource depletion. Employment in the environment sector has boomed in recent years and existing labour shortages in this sector are only expected to increase as regulations to meet Canada’s goals regarding climate change, endangered species and source water protection among others, come into effect. The SHSM Environment provides a wide variety of environment-based activities and research, as well as sector-specific certifications, directly related to careers in the environmental field.<br />
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO CONSIDER SHSM IN GRADE 10?<br />The 9 courses required for the SHSM happen across BOTH grades 11 and 12<br />If interested in NOS or NERDS you need to plan for them and your other courses – sometimes there is a waiting list!<br />NOS can be taken in Grade 11 or 12, but NERDS is normally only taken in Grade 12<br />Your English and Math teachers in Grades 11 and 12 need to know if you are on an SHSM pathway<br />
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NOS AND NERDS?<br />NORTHERN OUTDOOR STUDIES IS MORE WORKPLACE ORIENTED – YOU OBTAIN FOUR “E” CREDITS AND LOTS OF INDUSTRY RECOGNIZED CERTIFICATIONS.<br />NORTHERN ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT STUDIES IS GEARED TO COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY BOUND STUDENTS. YOU OBTAIN FOUR “M” CREDITS AND CERTIFICATIONS NECESSARY FOR WORKING IN THE FIELD.<br />
CERTIFICATIONS AND TRAINING<br />NOS <br /> <br />LifeSaving Society Standard First Aid & CPR<br />AED certification<br />WHMIS Training<br />Pleasure Boat Operator’s Course<br />GPS Certification/GIS Training<br />Working In Bear Country Safety Training<br />Passport to Safety Training<br />Ice Safety and Ice Rescue Training<br />Wilderness First Aid<br />Ontario Benthic Biomonitoring program<br />Fall Protection<br />Ontario Stream Assessment Protocol Introduction<br />Post Secondary Education Exploration<br />Red Cross Standard First Aid & CPR <br />Canadian Fire Arms Safety Course First Aid & CPR Hunter Safety Course<br />Fur Harvest, Fur Management and Conservation Course<br />WHMIS Training<br />Ontario Recreational Canoeing Association (ORCA) Flatwater & Canoe Tripping Level I<br />SP-102 Forest Fire Fighting Course<br />Pleasure Boat Operator’s Course<br />Professional Chainsaw Operator’s Course (Parts I, II & III)<br />Service Excellence Course<br />Restricted Radio Operator’s Licence (Aeronautical)<br />O.P.P. Volunteer Search & Rescue Training Level I<br />Passport to Safety Training<br />Working in Bear Country Safety Training<br />Professional Cable Skidder Course (optional)<br />NERDS<br />
ACTIVITIES AND PROJECTS<br />NOS <br />Basic Canoeing Skills<br />Five Day Algonquin Park Canoe Trip<br />Wood Duck Box Survey - Silent Lake Provincial Park<br />Lake Trout Spawning Survey<br />Deer Harvest Survey <br />Tree Harvesting <br />Deer Yard Trail Maintenance<br />Hunting Economic Impact Study<br />Live Range Shooting Practice<br />Co-op Placement With Local Trappers<br />Map and Compass Training <br />Natural Resources Career Exploration<br />Resume and Portfolio Development<br />Basic Bush Survival<br />White Pine Seed Orchard Rehabilitation<br />NERDS<br />Snow Stations Winter Severity Index Monitoring<br />Winter Tree ID/Twig Collection<br />Map and Compass Training<br />GPS and GIS to collect data for Natural Resource Projects<br />Winter Oxygen Testing/Water Chemistry<br />SLIN Netting Project<br />Fish Hatchery Maintenance and Management<br />Lake Analysis<br />Cold water stream inventory and analysis<br />Water quality analysis<br />Forest Stand Analysis - Basal Area, Disease<br />Forest Management Planning<br />Tree Planting<br />Tree Marking<br />Envirothon<br />Algonquin Park research with biologists<br />Independent Research Modules<br />Resume and Portfolio Development<br />
NORTHERN OUTDOOR STUDIES: ACTIVITIES AND EXPERIENCES<br />
WHICH SPECIALIST HIGH SKILLS MAJOR IS RIGHT FOR YOU?WHICH OUTDOORS PROGRAM IS RIGHT FOR YOU?<br />Remember NOS and NERDS both offer both High Skills Majors (Forestry and the Environment)INTERESTED?QUESTIONS?<br />
FOR MORE INFORMATION TALK TO:<br />NOS: Mr. Pomeroy/Mrs. Gillis (Room 110)<br />NERDS: Mrs. Baehre/Mr. Ziebarth (Room 106)<br />Guidance: Mrs. Betson/Mr. Isaak<br />
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