# CTE Resource Center - Verso - GRADS (Graduation, Reality, and Dual-Role Skills): Work Focus Task/Competency List

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

2019/2020 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for GRADS (Graduation, Reality, and Dual-Role Skills): Work Focus (8213/36 weeks)

Tasks/competencies bordered in blue are considered optional when marked as such; they and/or additional tasks/competencies may be taught at the discretion of the school division. All other tasks are considered essential statewide and are required of all students. Tasks/competencies bordered in red are considered sensitive when marked as such, and teachers should obtain approval by the school division before teaching them.

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Demonstrating Personal Qualities and Abilities

  1. Demonstrate creativity and innovation.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving.
  3. Demonstrate initiative and self-direction.
  4. Demonstrate integrity.
  5. Demonstrate work ethic.

Demonstrating Interpersonal Skills

  1. Demonstrate conflict-resolution skills.
  2. Demonstrate listening and speaking skills.
  3. Demonstrate respect for diversity.
  4. Demonstrate customer service skills.
  5. Collaborate with team members.

Demonstrating Professional Competencies

  1. Demonstrate big-picture thinking.
  2. Demonstrate career- and life-management skills.
  3. Demonstrate continuous learning and adaptability.
  4. Manage time and resources.
  5. Demonstrate information-literacy skills.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of information security.
  7. Maintain working knowledge of current information-technology (IT) systems.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency with technologies, tools, and machines common to a specific occupation.
  9. Apply mathematical skills to job-specific tasks.
  10. Demonstrate professionalism.
  11. Demonstrate reading and writing skills.
  12. Demonstrate workplace safety.

Examining All Aspects of an Industry

  1. Examine aspects of planning within an industry/organization.
  2. Examine aspects of management within an industry/organization.
  3. Examine aspects of financial responsibility within an industry/organization.
  4. Examine technical and production skills required of workers within an industry/organization.
  5. Examine principles of technology that underlie an industry/organization.
  6. Examine labor issues related to an industry/organization.
  7. Examine community issues related to an industry/organization.
  8. Examine health, safety, and environmental issues related to an industry/organization.

Addressing Elements of Student Life

  1. Identify the purposes and goals of the student organization.
  2. Explain the benefits and responsibilities of membership in the student organization as a student and in professional/civic organizations as an adult.
  3. Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in student organization activities, such as meetings, programs, and projects.
  4. Identify Internet safety issues and procedures for complying with acceptable use standards.

Exploring Work-Based Learning

  1. Identify the types of work-based learning (WBL) opportunities.
  2. Reflect on lessons learned during the WBL experience.
  3. Explore career opportunities related to the WBL experience.
  4. Participate in a WBL experience, when appropriate.

Balancing Work and Family

  1. Analyze the meaning of work and the meaning of family.
  2. Compare how families affect work life and how work life affects families.
  3. Identify strategies for balancing work and family roles.
  4. Apply problem-solving processes to individual, family, and work problems.

Creating and Maintaining Healthy Relationships

  1. Describe the benefits of caring, respectful, and responsible relationships.
  2. Develop ways to interact with people of different ages, abilities, gender, and cultures.
  3. Model conflict-resolution alternatives.
  4. Identify factors related to cultural awareness.

Examining Careers

  1. Summarize work needs and values.
  2. Examine equitable roles, rights, and responsibilities in the workplace.
  3. Assess career interests and skills.
  4. Investigate career options.
  5. Update individual career plan.
  6. Describe the desired characteristics of professionals and paraprofessionals who work with young children.
  7. Examine education and training requirements and opportunities for career paths in early childhood education and services.

Applying Employability Skills

  1. Perform a job search plan.
  2. Apply communication skills to employment search.
  3. Model the steps of the interview process.

Examining Workplace Factors for Families

  1. Define wage garnishment.
  2. Explain the potential effects of pregnancy complications while on the job.
  3. Examine insurance costs for families.
  4. Research breastfeeding trends in the workplace.
  5. Identify workplace safety hazards for pregnant employees.

Examining Legal Rights of Parents and Guardians

  1. Research paternity rights and responsibilities.
  2. Describe parental rights and responsibilities.
  3. Identify community resources for young parents.

Training Professionals in an Early Care Center

  1. Identify ways to manage physical space to maintain a developmentally appropriate learning environment in an early care center.
  2. Implement developmentally appropriate learning experiences for all children.
  3. Explain state health and safety regulations as well as emergency procedures for an early care center.
  4. Describe signs and symptoms of child abuse and neglect.
  5. Explain requirements for reporting suspected child abuse and neglect in an early care center.
  6. Describe the procedures for completing a daily child-health check.
  7. Identify procedures for staff, parents, and children that promote prevention of childhood illnesses and communicable diseases.