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Programs of Study

Soar - Students Occupationally and Academically ReadyMission of SOAR

The mission of SOAR (Students Occupationally and Academically Ready) is to prepare students for college and careers in a diverse, high-performing workforce.

Goal of SOAR

SOAR is the career and technical educational plan that aligns, through articulation agreements, the secondary career and technical programs to a postsecondary diploma, credential or associate degree. SOAR programs lead students into a career pathway that is in high demand by employers, have higher skill needs, and are most likely to provide family sustaining wages.

Benefits of SOAR

  • Provide a nonduplicative sequence of coursework leading to technical skill proficiency at the postsecondary level
  • Decrease the cost of a postsecondary diploma, certificate or degree
  • Enter workforce sooner, prepared for in-demand occupations

SOAR STATEWIDE ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS are possible when secondary schools and postsecondary institutions offering SOAR programs agree to the terms and conditions stated in the Perkins Statewide Articulation Agreement (PDF). This document outlines the general agreement conditions between secondary and postsecondary institutions and student qualification measures allowing for the student to acquire postsecondary education credits leading to additional industry-recognized credentials, diploma, certificate or associate degree at the postsecondary level. Statewide agreements award 9 or more technical credits in the aligned or related POS.

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Student Documentation

SOAR Components


  • Competency Task Lists (Information about approved Programs of Study)
  • Alignment to PA Academic Standards
  • Articulation to Postsecondary Institutions 
  • PDE/BCTE Career and Technical Education Program Approval
  • End of Program Assessment
  • Alignment to Industry-Recognized Certification, if appropriate


  • Identify college programs that align or are closely related to CTE Programs of Study
  • Articulation of postsecondary and adult CTE coursework to secondary CTE Programs of Study
  • Award credit to matriculated student
  • POS Articulated Credit Reported 2010-2021 (PDF)