# CTE Resource Center - Verso - GRADS (Graduation, Reality, and Dual-Role Skills): Family Focus Course Description

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

GRADS (Graduation, Reality, and Dual-Role Skills): Family Focus (8277/18 weeks) Course Description

Course Description

Course Code:8277
Duration:18 weeks
Suggested Grade Levels:9–12

Pregnant and parenting adolescents enrolled in the Graduation, Reality, and Dual-Role Skills Program (GRADS), with a family focus, will complete graduation requirements, build employment skills, and receive parenting and life-management skills to improve quality of life for themselves and their child. Content includes topics on self-esteem, communication skills, and interpersonal relationships. In addition, the course includes instruction on pre- and postnatal care, promoting wellness, and child development. Students will focus on evaluating the cost of parenthood and child care as well as balancing work and family and managing economic resources. In addition, emphasis is placed on exploring careers and acquiring employability skills.

Note: GRADS (Graduation, Reality, and Dual-Role Skills): Family Focus may be offered as a complement to an existing concentration sequence in any Career Cluster. In some instances, where noted, it may be combined with specific courses to create concentration sequences.

Career Clusters and Pathways

For federal reporting (choose one)

  • Human Services
    • Early Childhood Development and Services

Available Credentials

Upon completion of the course

18-week courses may qualify for state-board approved industry certification assessments based on a case-by-case approval from the state CTE Cluster specialist.

Concentration Sequences

A combination of the course above and those below, equivalent to two 36-week courses. Students wishing to complete a specialization may take additional courses appropriate to their career pathways.

Check the course description for any course listed below, because some may have a prerequisite.