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