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SOAR = Free College Credits While in High School

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SOAR Programs of Study prepare students for college and careers in a diverse, high performing workforce. A SOAR Program of Study is a State approved Career & Technical Education Program that credits skills and tasks learned in high school or a Career and Technical Center (CTC) to a college degree, diploma or certificate program. 

These college credits are earned while at the high school or CTC by completing the SOAR Program of Study requirements. They are called articulated credits and these articulated credits can save you time and money. A high school graduate who enrolls at HACC in the same technical program can start with between 3 to 12 credits already earned. So it will take less time to earn that degree or certificate and cost less money.

Why should I enroll in a SOAR program?

SOAR Programs of Study are building blocks for the future so that you can:

  • Complete college requirements sooner which means less college time
  • Earn an industry recognized certification and enter the job market ready
  • Get on the right career path (Programs of Study are based upon high priority occupations)
  • Save on tuition costs by receiving post-secondary education in high school
  • Have your credits transfer consistently (Statewide articulations are available in 40 post secondary institutions currently)

How can I earn free credits?

  • Earn a high school diploma.
  • Achieve a minimum 2.5 grade point average in your Career and Technical Education program (shop).
  • Achieve competent or advanced level on the NOCTI.
  • Achieve proficiency on all tasks in the approved Task List.
  • Furnish proof to the HACC's Office of College Pathways that you have met the requirements for the SOAR credit.

What does articulation mean?

Articulation is an agreement between two schools. Technical high schools (CTCs) or high schools with Career and Technical Programs work together with colleges or post secondary schools to compare the curriculum studied and the tasks completed at the high school level. When the high school curriculum matches introductory courses at the college level the credits are accepted at the college. It is similar to advance placement. The skills you attain in high school earn you free credit in college. That is articulated credit.

Look here for more information about SOAR Programs of Study.

Parent Fact Sheet (pdf)

Career and Technical Education in Pennsylvania (CTE booklet pdf)


Pennsylvania Career Zone

CTW StandardsPennsylvania Department of Education SOAR information

See which SOAR Programs are offered at HACC (

SOAR Documentation Packet Information

Institutions Accepting SOAR Credit

Types of Transfer Credits

NOCTI Information

CTE Glossary of Terms (pdf)

FAQs (pdf)

For more information, please contact:

Mary Grist

Perkins Programs of Study Outreach Manager


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