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Options for CTE Students to Receive College Credits for Completing their CTE Program
What Is SOAR?
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) 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 postsecondary (college) degree, diploma or certificate program. SOAR programs can help students:
Learn more about SOAR Programs
PA SOAR Flyer (English)
PA SOAR Flyer (Spanish)
Qualified SOAR program students are eligible to apply for credits up to three (3) years after their high school graduation date. In order to qualify for SOAR program postsecondary credits a student must:
How Do I Find a College that Offers Articulated Credit with SOAR Program(s)?
The following PowerPoint presentation will provide you some information on how to use the search feature on using SOARS and for students to pursue receiving credit for completing their CTE Program of Study (POS): http://www.collegetransfer.net/portals/0/bcte/BCTE_ProgramSearchGuide.pdf
To begin your search, go to - PA Bureau of Career and Technical Education Program Of Study Search
Once a search is completed, the results displayed will indicate how credit may be awarded to an individual that has successfully taken the particular POS. The results are ordered alphabetically by institution and users can select View Detail to see more information about the articulation.
How Do I Apply for SOAR Credits?
The student will apply through the normal admissions process at the postsecondary institution found in the SOAR program search. In addition, the student will need to submit the following required documentation designating that he or she is a SOAR participant seeking advanced credit:
Students should contact their high school guidance counselor for assistance with submitting these additional documents. Qualified SOAR program students are eligible to apply for credits up to 3 years after their high school graduation date.
NOCTI collaborates with the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) to evaluate all of its credentials. Experienced industry experts and professors evaluated the rigor of the NOCTI assessments to translate the content into college credit equivalencies.
ACE (American Council on Education)
The American Council on Education (ACE) has reviewed and recommended the following industry certification exams for college credit:
Individuals who currently hold or are pursuing IC3 Digital Literacy certification, Microsoft Office Specialist certification or Adobe Certified Associate certification may apply for college credit through the American Council on Education (ACE) member institutions.
Ultimately, the college or university the student will attend (or plans to attend) will independently decide whether to grant credit and waive associated tuition requirements. However, ACE member institutions give considerable weight to ACE credit recommendations. Contact your institution, or the institution you plan to attend, and inquire about its policy regarding ACE credit recommendations.
How do I get credit?
An ACE Credit Recommendations Transcript contains all of your ACE-evaluated exams in one document with easy-to-read descriptions, ACE credit recommendations, and suggested transfer areas. Your transcript can be released at any time to you or a college or university of your choice. ACE does charge a fee to provide copies of the transcript.
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