Students Occupationally and Academically Ready, or SOAR, is a BCTE initiative ensuring that every Pennsylvania approved program of study is aligned to a postsecondary program. Through SOAR, high school students may be eligible to articulate some of their technical education coursework to postsecondary credits, thus reducing the need to duplicate coursework already successfully taken at the CTC. College credits earned through SOAR articulation agreements are tuition-free.
SOAR is built on programs of study which incorporate elements of secondary and postsecondary education and include coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant career and technical content. These career and technical programs of study includes a statewide articulation agreement partnership between secondary schools and postsecondary institutions.
Benefits of SOAR:
• Saving Money on College Tuition
• Saving Time by Shortening College Attendance
• Getting on the Right Career Pathway
• Entering the Job Market Ready
• Getting a Consistent Education (“Programs of Study [POS]
Students, school personnel and parents may access College Transfer (http://www.collegetransfer.net), a free website that provides detailed information regarding the program of study and the postsecondary institutions that have partnered with the state’s SOAR initiative. At over 85+ career and technology centers (CTCs) and over 135+ school districts offering Pennsylvania Department of Education approved career and technical education throughout the Commonwealth, career and technical education programs are built around high expectations for student learning.