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Independent Computer Studies at ESS

Information & Communications Tech
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The ICT SHSM program offered at Ernestown Secondary School provides students in grades 11 and 12 with learning opportunities related to the dynamic and expanding information technology economic sector.

In addition to the secondary school technology courses available to them, ICT SHSM students are funded to pursue certificate courses (ex. in-person health and safety training, short on-line technology courses), experiential learning activities (ex. technology-related workshops/tutorials), reach ahead experiences (ex. post-secondary institution visits), and technology sector experiences (ex. Technology company visits).

If students undertaking the ICT SHSM complete all the program requirements by the time of their Grade 12 graduation, they will earn a special seal on their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) indicating this achievement.

The ICT SHSM program at Ernestown emphasizes learning about the creative use of
computers through the study of a wide variety of topics including: web application
development, 3D modelling, 3D printing, electronics, robotics, and video game/virtual
reality creation.

At Ernestown, each ICT SHSM student has access to an advanced lab
containing dual-monitor gaming workstations running professional design software such as Unity3D ( and Blender ( The lab is also home to new and emerging technologies such as a pair of Cubicon Style 3D Printers, a wide array of electronics such as micro: bit and associated electronics and a class set of Oculus Quest virtual reality headsets!

Potential Occupations

Graduates of this program are currently attending St. Lawrence College, Algonquin College, Queen’s
University and the University of Western Ontario pursuing postsecondary programs in
computing, engineering and video game development.

Some potential occupations would

Computer Engineer, Computer Programmer, Computer Technician, Video Game
Developer and Web Developer.

Ernestown Secondary School


(613) 386-3054

48-52 Main St, Odessa, ON K0H 2H0

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