SOAR Articulation Agreement

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) supports career and technical education students aligning their high school courses to a college program in order to complete a degree, diploma or certificate.

SOAR stands for Students Occupationally and Academically Ready. SOAR programs articulate skills and tasks gained at the secondary school (high school) level to course credit earned in a post-secondary (college) degree, diploma or certificate program.

SOAR programs can help students:

  • Prepare for entering the job market with college and career ready skills
  • Choose the best career pathway
  • Save money on college tuition
  • Save time by not duplicating coursework in college

Qualified SOAR program students are eligible to apply for credits up to 3 years after their high school graduation date.

In order to qualify for SOAR program post-secondary credits a student must:

  • Earn a high school diploma, with a minimum 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale in the technical core courses
  • Complete the secondary school component of the approved PDE Program of Study
  • Achieve proficiency on all tasks of the approved PDE Program of Study Competency Task List
  • Achieve competent or advanced level on the secondary school end-of-program assessment that is appropriate for the approved PDE Program of Study 
The following majors offer course credit through the SOAR program:

Automotive Technology

Cabinetmaking and Wood Technology

Carpentry Technology

Collision Repair Technology

Computer and Network Systems Administration

Computer Integrated Machining 

Engineering Computer-Aided Drafting

Electronic Engineering Technology 

Graphic Communications and Printing Technology


Masonry Construction Technology

Metals Fabrication and Welding Technology

Plumbing Technology

To see which courses have been articulated for specific programs, click here.