Special Circumstances Students Occupationally and Academically Ready (SOAR)

Students Occupationally and Academically Ready (SOAR)

SOAR is Pennsylvania’s Program of Study (POS) for career and technical students awarding free college credit for performance in approved the career and technology programs during high school.

Helping career and technical students understand the transition process to college can significantly increase the likelihood that they will go to college or other training after high school.  Higher levels of education result to higher lifetime earnings and help students build a career that will support a family.

SOAR is a Pennsylvania program which allows qualified career and technical education (CTE) students the chance to earn free college credits. The credits count toward graduation. Strongly encourage students to forward the required paperwork to the admissions office of the college(s) that offer(s) these free credits in late May or June, as soon as the student graduates.

At many institutions students can also earn other types of credit:  dual enrollment, AP credits, advanced credits through competency assessment, credits through articulation agreements, industry certifications or credit for life experience.

Please click on the Career and Technical tab of this website to learn which colleges offer free credits, eligibility for these credits and the paperwork that is needed by PA colleges.

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