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Orazietti news release…
Expansion of Unique High School Program Supports Student Success
Sault Ste. Marie- Ontario is expanding its Specialist High Skills Majors program across the province, including the introduction of a new Energy program to be offered by Korah Collegiate & Vocational School starting this fall, David Orazietti, MPP announced today.
“The Specialist High Skills Majors program is part of the province’s plan to ensure student success and to assist young people in their transition into apprenticeship training, college, university or the workforce after graduating,” said Orazietti. “These programs give high school students the ability to focus on a specific sector while working towards the completion of their Diploma and this new specialty program in Energy will prepare more students for a future in a clean energy economy.”
A number of Specialist High Skills Majors are currently being offered through both the Algoma District School Board and the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board in a variety of sectors including construction, manufacturing, hospitality and tourism, arts and culture, health and wellness and environmental studies.
Provincial support for the Specialist High Skills Majors program in Sault Ste. Marie and Area total $157,900. Currently, there are 223 high school students in Sault Ste. Marie enrolled as Specialist High Skills Majors. The new Energy program at Korah Vocational and Collegiate Institute will accommodate an additional 35 students.
“The Algoma District School Board is excited by the success of its Specialist High Skills Major programs,” said Mario Turco, Director of Education, Algoma District School Board. “Last year, 177 students in the Algoma District School Board were enrolled in Specialist High Skills Major programs available in a variety of sectors. Students within these programs earned over 600 credits last year including 36 Dual Credits in partnership with Sault College. As a group, students enrolled in a Specialist High Skills Major Program in the Algoma District School Board were successful in earning over 90% of all the credits they were enrolled in throughout the year. Moving into the new school year, we are excited by new opportunities including the addition of a new sector, Energy, at Korah Collegiate.”