SOAR (Students Occupationally and Academically Ready) Since SOAR was introduced at the BCCTC, many positive changes have taken place.

Mission of SOAR:  The mission of SOAR is to prepare students for college and careers in a diverse, high-performing workforce.

Goal of SOAR:  SOAR is the career and technical Program of Study (POS) educational plan that articulates the secondary career and technical programs to postsecondary degree or diploma or certificate program.  SOAR programs lead students into a career pathway that align the secondary courses to a postsecondary program to complete a degree or certificate.

What is SOAR:  SOAR is built on programs of study which incorporate secondary education and postsecondary education elements and include coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant career and technical content.  These career and technical programs of study include a statewide articulation agreement partnership between secondary schools and postsecondary institutions. 

SOAR Supports High Demand Careers:  SOAR programs prepare today’s student for High Priority Occupations (HPO) which include career categories that are in high demand by employers, have higher skill needs, and are most likely to provide family sustaining wages.

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

Framework of SOAR: Secondary Components

Go to:  College Transfer

            Go to:  SEARCH on the top menu

            Scroll down to:  PA Bureau of CTE SOAR Programs

            Enter:  Program Name or CIP Code

            Enter:  Graduation Year

            Click:  SEARCH for participating colleges

Click:  SEARCH for participating colleges

  • Alignment to PA Academic Standards
  • Articulation to Postsecondary Institutions (Information about Statewide Articulation)
  • PDE/BCTE Career and Technical Education Program Approval
  • End of Program Assessment
  • Industry Certification Alignment, if appropriate