Student Success Programs

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Student Success Programs2018-06-13T08:47:09+00:00

All high schools in the TLDSB 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 credits, 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. This initiative allows students to focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests. Each major is a bundle of 8-10 courses is in the student’s selected field.

This program best suits any student heading for an apprenticeship, to college, university, or the workplace who wants to begin to specialize in a chosen career field.

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Gain important skills on the job with actual employers, at skills training centres and at school
  • Earn valuable industry certifications, including First Aid and CPR qualifications
  • Allow for a customized education that caters to all students equally regardless of their post-secondary destination.
  • Students are likely to be more successful in their chosen post-secondary destination after spending more time working in the field prior to leaving high school
  • Involvement in an SHSM helps to re-engage students in secondary school once they see the link between the outside world (ie. their desired career sector) and the classroom
  • College and university admission opportunities are enhanced when a SHSM designation is present on a student transcript.

For more information, contact your District Principal of Student Success. Read this SHSM Fact sheet, too!

  • employers receive students that have specialized training and experience in their area immediately following secondary school
  • new employees come with relevant certifications, eg. First Aid/CPR or Health and Safety training; reduces the initial training costs to the employers. students will complete at least 7 industry recognized certifications.
  • employers may deal with less employee turnover, since a student with a SHSM has a demonstrated and proven interest in that area
  • there is a growing shortage of workers in some sectors of the economy in Ontario; the SHSM program addresses that need directly

We are offering SHSM programs at the following schools:

Arts and Culture

  • Huntsville HS
  • Lindsay Collegiate and Vocational Institute
  • IE Weldon SS


  • IE Weldon Secondary School
  • Lindsay Collegiate and Vocational Institute
  • Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes SS
  • Huntsville HS
  • Fenelon Falls SS


  • Haliburton Highlands SS


  • Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes SS
  • Lindsay Collegiate and Vocational Institute

Health and Wellness

  • Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes SS
  • Gravenhurst HS
  • Lindsay Collegiate and Vocational Institute

Hospitality and Tourism

  • Huntsville HS
  • Haliburton Highlands SS


  • Huntsville HS


  • Fenelon Falls SS
  • IE Weldon SS

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.

As part of the Student Success Strategy of the Ministry of Education, the School-College-Workplace initiative is designed to increase graduation rates to 85 per cent by 2010 by providing a seamless transition from secondary school to college. This program can benefit you in many ways! The program helps to increase your high school credit accumulation, it helps you to stay in school, and supports, in particular, student taking Specialist High Skills Majors. You’ll also have an easier time transitioning to college, you may have a lighter course load at college, and you will be more likely to go to college. Again, you improve your credit accumulation, and the number of students entering apprenticeships increases.

Get more information here:

City of Kawartha Lakes | County of Haliburton
Educational Services Coordinator

Muskoka | Haliburton
Pathways Consultant

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

Trillium Lakelands DSB’s OYAP (Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program), encourages young students to consider a career in the skilled trades. Presentations take place in every Grade 8 and 10 Careers class, promoting careers in the skilled trades and stressing good work habits and ethics. The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program offers students the opportunity to begin a trade apprenticeship while still in high school. The program is funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development and is a partnership between school boards, industry, colleges, and the community.

Apprenticeship is an agreement between a person who wants to learn a skill and an employer who needs a skilled worker. After two to five years of on-the-job experience and in-school training a skilled apprentice becomes a journeyperson. Skilled journey persons are in high demand in a wide variety of occupations. The opportunities and rewards available are getting more exciting all of the time.

The trades represent well paying jobs that demand a high level of skill, judgment, and creativity The demand for skilled workers continues to increase Trades persons are retiring and this is opening up the job market for new apprentices Many skilled workers use their skills and experiences as stepping stones towards careers in management, self-employment and other areas Skilled trades are irreplaceable and the skills obtained are transferable.

Explore career options while attending high school Complete basic level of trade school at college Enjoy the possibility to earn while you learn as a provincially registered apprentice Get hands on training in an “out-of-school” environment obtain skills that are in demand today and in the future Make the transition from school to work more easily.

Skilled Trades include:

  • Aircraft Maintenance
  • Engineer
  • Appliance Service Technician
  • Auto Body Repairer
  • Baker
  • Brick and Stone Mason
  • Construction and Maintenance
  • Electrician
  • Marine Engine
  • Mechanic
  • Facilities Maintenance
  • Mechanic
  • Farm Equipment Mechanic
  • General Carpenter
  • Hairstylist
  • Heavy Equipment Mechanic
  • Cook
  • Dairy Herds Person
  • Motorcycle Mechanic
  • Industrial Mechanic
  • Millwright
  • Industrial Woodworker
  • Tool and Die Maker
  • Child and Youth Worker
  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Educational Assistant
  • Sprinkler and Fire Protection Installer
  • Technology Analyst – Network
  • Welder

Grade 11 and 12 students have a number of opportunities to begin their apprenticeship training while still in high school. The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program allows students an opportunity to work in a skilled trade through co-operative education classes and to register as an apprentice in over 130 different trades, while working towards their diploma.

The Fleming College and Durham College OYAP are one-year programs available to students while in their grade 12 year of high school. It is a joint venture between the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, Peterborough Victoria Northumberland Clarington Catholic DSB, Durham DSB, Durham Catholic DSB, Trillium Lakelands DSB, and Fleming and Durham College.  There are a variety of similar models throughout Ontario. City of Kawartha Lakes students can obtain their level one Basic Training through Fleming College in Peterborough, Durham College in Whitby and Durham District School Board in Oshawa. Currently, students can complete their level one training in Carpentry at Fleming; Cook, Auto Service Technician, Industrial Mechanic Millwright, Plumber, Electrician, Welder, Child Development Practitioner at Durham College; Hairstylist at G.L. Roberts Collegiate through Durham District School Board.

Support for students is given throughout the entire process including finding co-op placements and arranging transportation to and from the college and placements.

Job Connect is a program to help young people find work. If you are between the ages of 16 and 24, out of school and not working, Job Connect can help you find employment. If you are currently an OYAP student, and do not expect to be kept on as an apprentice at the end of your placement, contact Job Connect, before you start a job, and they will provide you with the appropriate services to help you find a job.

If you are an employer and wish to enquire about the services Job Connect can provide to you, call the Job Connect office, before you hire your employee.

There are Job Connect offices in the following locations:

  • Peterborough (and area) 705.748.9110 / 705.749.5530 ext. 2261
  • Lindsay (and area) 705.328.0180 / 705.328.1766
  • Cobourg (and area) 905.372.6865 ext. 238 / 905.372.6865 ext. 238
  • Haliburton (and area) 705.457.2020 / 705.457.2020
  • Lakefield (and area) 705.652.7029 / 705.652.7029
  • Port Hope (and area) 905.885.4842 / 905.885.4842
  • Muskoka (and area) Georgian College 705.329.3102

By calling these offices, you will be set up with an employment counselor who will assess your employment needs. Depending on your situation, we have a variety of services to aid in your job search.

If you are currently a student, between the ages of 15 and 24 (or 29 if you have a disability as determined by the Ontario Human Rights Commission) and will be returning to school in September you are invited to call the Job Connect offices to be part of the Summer Jobs Service program (SJS). This program provides a $2.00 an hour subsidy to employers. Length of contract to be negotiated. The SJS offices are open, and students and employers may call to register.

There are Summer Jobs Services offices in the following locations:

Peterborough (and area)
Employment Planning & Counseling 705.748.9110

Peterborough (and area)
Sir Sandford Fleming College 705.749.5530 ext. 2222

Lindsay (and area)
Victoria County Career Services & Sir Sandford Fleming College 705.324.5151 (alternate 705.328.0180)

Cobourg (and area)
Sir Sandford Fleming College 905.372.6865 ext. 241 (alternate ext. 238)

Haliburton (and area)
Sir Sandford Fleming College 705.457.2020

Port Hope (and area)
Durham College 905.885.4842

Muskoka (and area)
Georgian College 705.329.3102


Co-op and Experiential Learning

Cooperative Education is a course that integrates classroom learning with practical experience in a workplace setting. Spend either the morning or afternoon in classes all day, at a workplace exploring a career while earning high school credits. Teachers will assist you in preparing, applying, keeping and growing as part of the real job experience you will have.

The Co-op program is an essential component of Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program and Specialist High Skills Major. You can explore potential careers and ‘try-out’ an occupation. Experiential learning opportunities provide real-life work experiences for students in the community. Students can:

  • Develop employability skills necessary for the 21st century workplace
  • Enrich their high school experience and earn compulsory credits outside of the classroom
  • Learn how to complete application forms, write effective cover letters, powerful resumes and handle a real job interview
  • Gain confidence, independence and know how to get and keep the job you want
  • Develop the work ethic you need to successfully transition from high school to post-secondary school or the workplace
  • Earn hours that are applied to your apprenticeship obligations
  • Participate in dual credit programs

Placement opportunities are made possible through a partnership between the school and the community. Co-op teachers work with the student to find a placement and arrange an interview. The workplace supervisor will then interview the student to decide if they are a suitable applicant for their workplace. There are many placement opportunities to suit all career destinations. Work experiences related to subjects the student is most interested in are the most successful placements (ie. arts, languages, physical education, technology, science, mathematics, etc.)

Advanced Placement

The Advanced Placement (AP) program is one of several Student Success initiatives offered at Trillium Lakelands DSB. It provides students with opportunities to pursue university level studies while in high school. AP courses are designed to challenge, stimulate and engage students with a keen interest and ability in a number of subject areas. Students demonstrate their scholastic achievement on international exams, excel in their high school programming, improve their chances of being accepted by the university of their choice, and gain exemption from some introductory course work at university. The AP program is an excellent preparation for continued success in post-secondary studies and ensures a smooth transition to university course work.

The AP program was established in 1955 as a co-operative endeavour between high schools, colleges and universities. Two of Trillium Lakelands District School Board high schools offer the program: BMLSS in Bracebridge and LCVI in Lindsay.

There are many benefits of the AP program.

  • Strengthening secondary schools is one of the best ways to improve a nation’s overall education
  • AP courses give high school students the opportunity to participate in classes that are more rigorous and in-depth than most other high school offerings
  • Participating in an AP class will provoke discussion and thought, in a class where students are given the intellectual responsibility to think for themselves and to learn to reason, analyze, and understand
  • AP students have the necessary skills and knowledge not only to gain entrance into the faculty of their choice at university but also to excel in earning their post-secondary degree
  • The academic rigor required in AP courses prepares students exceptionally well for the challenges of university
  • AP students develop improved student habits and time management skills
  • Research indicates that AP students are more likely to graduate from university with a double major and are twice as likely to pursue a PHD or studies in medicine or law.
  • Students may choose to take one AP course, several courses, or a full AP program
  • Academic timetables can be tailored according to individual abilities, interests and extra-curricular time commitments
  • Students experience a rigorous, university level curriculum and have the chance to earn credit, placement or both for university
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