Students are encouraged to explore programs in grade 9 and/or 10, and then select a ROTEC major program area of study for grades 11 and 12 so they can earn the Career & Technical Education diploma seal and/or an industry certification at graduation. Successfully completing two years in a program area will meet the graduation requirements for the sequential elective. Students earning a standard diploma MUST pass a state approved industry certification to graduate. All ROTEC courses offer these end of year certifications to students at no charge including course R6120 Economics and Personal Finance, a course all students are required to take and pass. Additional Virginia State approved Industry Certifications could be added throughout the year.