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Career and Technical Education: Earning College Credits While in High School for Students Occupationally and Academically Ready (SOAR) Programs

Get a head start and complete your college requirements sooner. Students Occupationally and Academically Ready (SOAR) is a program that allows CTE students enrolled in a PA-approved program of study to receive free college credits upon completion of their CTE program. SOAR programs lead students into a career pathway that align high school courses to a college program to complete a degree or certificate.

What is a SOAR program?

Also called Programs of Study, (POS), SOAR programs articulate skills and tasks gained at the high school level to college credits that can go towards a college degree or certificate program.
SOAR programs are connected to “high-priority” occupations, which means they are usually high-demand occupations with high wages.
State-level SOAR programs last three years beginning in 10th grade and consist of 1,080 total hours of instruction. They are competency-based and require that students complete and pass assessments to demonstrate their proficiency.
The School District of Philadelphia has also developed shorter SOAR-like programs that have been aligned with some courses at Community College of Philadelphia.

Why should I enroll in a SOAR program?
SOAR programs may help students:
  • Earn college credits, which means you can finish your degree sooner
  • Save money on college tuition since you would have already completed some required courses
  • Prepare for entering the job market with college- and career-ready skills
  • Choose the best career pathway for you
What do I have to do to earn free SOAR credits at Community College of Philadelphia?

You should meet with your high school guidance counselor to review the following requirements.

  • Earn a high school diploma
  • Achieve a minimum 2.5 GPA in your Career and Technical Education core courses
  • Complete the high school component of the approved PDE Program of Study
  • Achieve “competent” or “advanced” level on the NOCTI, the high school end-of-year assessment for a SOAR program.
  • Achieve proficiency on all tasks in the approved task list for the SOAR program.
  • Have your high school submit the necessary paperwork to Community College of Philadelphia.
    • Completed SOAR applications must be submitted by the Office of Career and Technical Education at the School District of Philadelphia to traneval@ccp.edu for processing.
  • Apply to Community College of Philadelphia
What documentation is required for college credits?

The Office of Career and Technical Education at the School District of Philadelphia submits student application packets to Community College of Philadelphia. This packet should include:

  • Copy of high school diploma
  • Official student transcript
  • Perkins Statewide Articulation Agreement Coversheet
  • Secondary competency task list (make sure your secondary-school technical instructor signs it)
  • PA Certificate of Competency or PA Skills Certificate from CTE program area
  • Earned industry certifications (if applicable)
How many Community College of Philadelphia credits can I earn?
The number of credits depends on the program and if it is a statewide SOAR program or a CTE program from the School District of Philadelphia. The number of credits can range from 3 to 15. In order to receive the credits, you must enroll in a related program at Community College of Philadelphia.
How long do I have to submit documentation to earn college credit?
You have up to three years after your graduation date to earn the free SOAR credits. Even if you have already graduated, you should contact your high school to have the necessary documentation submitted by the Philadelphia School District.
Where can I get more information about the SOAR program?

More information is available at the Philadelphia School District’s site and the education.pa.gov site.
School District of Philadelphia’s Office of Career and Technical Education
School District of Philadelphia’s Articulation/College Credit Information
Contact the School District of Philadelphia’s Office of Career and Technical Education
PA Department of Education Programs of Study
PA Department of Education Programs of Study Framework

SOAR Programs at Community College of Philadelphia

State-Level SOAR Programs*

High School SOAR
Program of Study (POS)
Community College of
Philadelphia Program(s)
Community College of
Philadelphia Courses
POS 01D - Accounting
Technology/Technician and
Bookkeeping 52.0302
(HS Graduation Years 2019, 2020, 2021)*
Accounting AAS
Accounting Paraprofessional
Proficiency Certificate
ACCT 101 - Financial Accounting (4 credits)
ACCT 103 - Microcomputers in Accounting (3)
Total: 7 credits
POS 04D – Child Care and
Support Services Management
(HS Graduation Years 2019, 2020, 2021)*
Education: Early Childhood
(Birth to 4th Grade) AA
ED 135 – Family and Community Relations (3)
ED 151 – Health, Safety, Nutrition of Young Children (3)
ED 230 – Integrated Arts (3)
Total: 9 credits
POS 10D -
Automobile/Automotive
Mechanics Technology/ Technician 47.0604
(HS Graduation Years 2019, 2020, 2021)*
Automotive Technology AAS
Automotive Service I
Proficiency Certificate
AT 111 - Auto Suspen & Steer (4)
AT 121 - Auto Elec & Elec Sys (3)
AT 150 - Automotive Braking Systems (2)
Total: 9 credits
POS 12D - Computer
Systems Networking
And Telecommunications 11.0901
(HS Graduation Years 2019, 2020, 2021)
Network Technology
Management and
Administration AAS
Computer Information Systems –
Information Technology AAS
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology (3)
CIS 105 - Computer Systems Maintenance (4)
CIS 150 - Network Technology (4)
Total: 11 credits
POS 12D - Computer
Systems Networking And
Telecommunications 11.0901
(HS Graduation Years 2019, 2020, 2021)
Cybersecurity AAS
Web Development I
Proficiency Certificate
CIS 103 - Applied Computer
Technology (3)
CIS 150 - Network Technology (4)
Total: 7 credits
POS 26C - Computer
Technology/Computer
Systems Technology 15.1202
(HS Graduation Years 2017, 2018, 2019)
Computer Information
Systems - Information
Technology AAS
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology (3)
CIS 105 - Computer Systems Maintenance (4)
CIS 150 - Network Technology (4)
POS 30C - Institutional Food
Workers 12.0508
(HS Graduation Years 2017, 2018, 2019)
Culinary Arts AAS CULA 161 - Foodserv Safety & Sanitation (2)
CULA 170 - Elm Food Prep (4)
CULA 171 - Quantity Food Preparation (4)
Total: 10 credits
POS 36C - Communications
Technologies/Technicians &
Support Services 10.9999
(HS Graduation Years 2018, 2019, 2020) *
Computer Information
Systems - Information
Technology AAS
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology (3)
CIS 130 - Web Design I (3)
CIS 140 - Intro to Desktop Publishing (3)
Total: 9 credits
POS 41C – Baking and
Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry
Chef 12.0501
(HS Graduation Years 2018, 2019, 2020) *
Culinary Arts AAS CULA 151 - Elementary Baking and Pastry (4)
CULA 161 - Food Service Safety and Sanitation (2)
(requires Serve Safe Manager industry certification)
Total: 6 credits

 

As of Fall 2019

Philadelphia School District CTE Programs of Study

Philadelphia School
District Program
Community College of
Philadelphia Program(s)
Community College of
Philadelphia Courses
CIP 15.1303 Drafting & Design Technology –
3 Year Program
Architecture AA
Interior Design AA
Facilities Management AAS
Construction Management AAS
Building Science AAS
Architectural Visualization Proficiency Certificate
Energy Conservation Academic Certificate
ADC 103 CAD Basic (3 credits)
CIP 1.0401 Food Processing Sciences –
3 Year Program and Industry Certification
  • ServSafe Manager
  • ServSafe Food Handler
Culinary Arts AAS
Culinary Arts I Proficiency Certificate
CULA 161 Food Service Safety and Sanitation (2 credits)
CIP 12.0501 Baking and Pastry Arts Management –
Industry Certification
  • ServSafe Manager
  • ServSafe Food
    Handler
Culinary Arts AAS
Culinary Arts I Proficiency Certificate
CULA 161 Food Service Safety and Sanitation (2 credits)
CIP 12.0508 Culinary Arts –
Industry Certification
  • ServSafe Manager
  • ServSafe Food
    Handler
Culinary Arts AAS
Culinary Arts I Proficiency Certificate
CULA 161 Food Service Safety and Sanitation (2 credits)
CIP 52.0401 Business Administration –
Industry Certification
  • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 2010
    (Word, Excel or PowerPoint)
Business - General AA CIS 103 Applied Computer Technology (3 credits)
CIP 52.1801 Sports Marketing & Management –
Industry Certification
  • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 2010
    (Word, Excel or PowerPoint)
Business - General AA CIS 103 Applied Computer Technology (3 credits)
CIP 11.0901 Computer Systems Networking –
Industry Certification
  • Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)
  • CompTIA Network +
Computer Information Systems - Information Technology AAS
Network Technology Management and Administration AAS
Network & Systems Administration Proficiency Certificate
CIS 150 Network Technology (4 credits)
CIS 105 Computer Systems Maintenance (4 credits)
Total: 8 credits
CIP 15.1202 Computer Supports Systems Technology – Industry Certification
  • CompTIA IT Fundamentals
  • A+
Computer Information Systems - Information Technology AAS
Network Technology Management and Administration AAS
Network & Systems Administration Proficiency Certificate
CIS 105 Computer Systems Maintenance (4 credits)
CIP 11.0801 Web Page, Digital/Multimedia
and Information Resources Design -
3 Year Program
Computer Information Systems - Information Technology AAS CIS 130 Web Page Design I (3 credits)

As of November 2018