SOAR Articulation Agreement

About SOAR

The Pennsylvania Department of Education 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.

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 at Thaddeus Stevens College offer course credit through the SOAR program:

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