Acton's Agricultural Specialist High Skills Major Program
Mr. Shawn Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ms. Jodi Dobbie (email@example.com)
This program will utilize experiential opportunities, including co-op placements, to promote student learning in animal science, crop science, wellness & healthy living, farming practices and participation in the local agricultural community. The program focus will include career exploration in the following areas of study: Farming, veterinary technology, animal science, plant science, food, equine studies and the environment.
Students must take 4 focus courses from the table below:
|Science||Food & World||Technology|
|Biology||Food & Nutritional Science||Construction|
|Chemistry||Environment & Resource Mg't||Transportation|
|Environmental Science||Technological Design|
|These courses can be at the University (U), University/College (M), College (C) or Workplace (E) Level.||These courses can be at the University (U), University/College (M) or Workplace (E) Level.||These courses can be at the College (C), University/College (M), Open (O) or Workplace (E) Level.|
In addition to the 4 focus courses, they must also take:
1 Grade 11 English (ENG 3C/3U/3E or NBE 3C/3U/3E)
1 Grade 11 Math (MEL 3E or MBF 3C or MCF 3M or MCR 3U)
1 Supporting credit (SBI 3C, SBI 3U, SCH 3U, SCH 4C, BMI 3C1, BMX 3E, BAF 3M, SVN 3E, or 1 credit in a Co-op related to Agriculture)*
2 Co-operative Education credits (Placements should be completed with a company/opportunity close to student's home in order to get there on a daily basis)
*Students can subsitute one Focus course credit with one cooperative education credit. Also, Students can subsitute one supporting credit with one cooperative education credit.
Attend and create activities for the Acton Fall Fair's Education Day
Go to Canada's Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock
Attend The Royal Winter Fair and have a tour from one of their committe's directors.
See how beehives work at the University of Guelph's Honeybee Research Centre.
Visit the anatomy lab at the Ontario Vet College.
Attend the College Fair in Toronto
Go to seed business to see how seeds are essential to the agriculture industry.
Experience a roll on a farm, in a vet clinic, and/or attend sessions at the Ontario Agriculture College and the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph.
We have had guest speakers from: Ontario Agriculture College, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture and 4H Ontario come in to speak to our class.
As a part of every SHSM program students must take a total of 6 certifications.
3 certifications are mandatory: Standard First Aid, CPR, WHMIS
3 certifications are based on the SHSM program-
For 2018-2019: chainsaw safety, leadership skills, small animal first aid, large animal handling, apiculture awareness.
For 2016-2017: chainsaw safety, leadership skills, blacksmithing, small animal first aid, large animal handling, apiculture awareness.
For 2015-2016: we have completed chainsaw safety, blacksmithing, small animal first aid, equine handling.
Transportation to ACTON High School
If you live in North Halton (Milton or Halton Hills) you can request to have a SHSM bus bring you to Acton for one semester or all two years of the program. Also, if you live in Oakville/Burlington, you can request a bus seat on a bus departing Milton DHS/Craig KieburgerSS--but you will need to find your own transportation to Milton DHS/Craig KieburgerSS.
Please review the HDSB's Transportation Policy here.
Who would take this SHSM
ANYONE! We've learned that if you want a job, there is one waiting for you in the Agriculture industry.
Check out: http://careereducationcouncil.ca/news---events/careers-in-agriculture
Almost everything mentioned above is at no cost (with minor exceptions) to the students.
Link to Halton Pathways Agriculture site.
Last Updated: November 5, 2018