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    SOAR Program

    The SOAR (Students Occupationally and Academically Ready) Program of Study (POS) is designed to prepare students for a diverse, high-performing workforce. It is a career and technical program of study plan that articulates the secondary (high school) courses to a postsecondary (college) program.

    Why enroll in a SOAR program?

    • Challenging coursework for academically qualified students.
    • Prepares students for High Priority Occupations (HPO) which includes career categories that are in high demand, have higher skill needs, and are most likely to provide family sustaining wages.
    • Satisfies high school requirements while earning college credits at the same time.
    • Saves money on college tuition by earning up to 9 college credits FREE at Lackawanna College! This is valued at up to $4,600!

    How are FREE credits earned?

    • Complete the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) approved SOAR Program of Study in high school or Career and Technology Center and achieve proficiency on all tasks required.
    • Earn a 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) Grade Point Average (GPA) in the technical courses.
    • Achieve competent or advanced on the exam at the end of the technical program.
    • Earn a high school diploma.
    • Within three years of high school graduation, apply with appropriate paperwork from your guidance counselor and be accepted as a student at a college that offers SOAR POS credits in the student’s program.

    What SOAR Programs of Study does Lackawanna College offer?

    Click on a specific program name for a description. Each program is accompanied by a list of possible degree options at Lackawanna College.

    Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping – (52.0302)

    • Accounting, A.A.S.
    • Business Administration, A.S.
    • Business Studies, A.S.
    • Petroleum & Natural Gas Measurement, A.S.
    • Petroleum & Natural Gas Technology, A.S.
    • Sport Management, A.S.

    Administrative Assistant & Secretarial Science, General (52.0401)

    • Accounting, A.A.S.
    • Business Administration, A.S.
    • Business Studies, A.S.
    • Sport Management, A.S.

    Agricultural Mechanization (01.0201)

    • Sustainable Agriculture, A.S.

    Child Care and Support Services Management (19.0708)

    • Early Childhood Education, A.S.

    Communication Technologies/Technicians & Support Services (10.9999)

    • Communication Arts, A.A.

    Criminal Justice/Police Science (43.0107)

    • Criminal Justice, A.S.

    Health/Medical Assisting Services (51.0899)

    • Cardiac Sonography, A.S.
    • Diagnostic Medical Sonography, A.S.
    • Physical Therapist Assistant, A.S.
    • Surgical Technology, A.S.
    • Vascular Technology, A.S.

    Health Professions & Related Clinical Sciences, Other (51.9999)

    • Cardiac Sonography, A.S.
    • Diagnostic Medical Sonography, A.S.
    • Emergency Medical Services, A.S.
    • Occupational Therapy Assistant, A.S.
    • Physical Therapist Assistant, A.S.
    • Surgical Technology, A.S.
    • Vascular Technology, A.S.

    Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other (43.9999)

    • Criminal Justice, A.S.

    Institutional Food Worker (12.0508)

    • Culinary Arts, A.S.

    Medical/Clinical Assistant (51.0801)

    • Cardiac Sonography, A.S.
    • Diagnostic Medical Sonography, A.S.
    • Emergency Medical Services, A.S.
    • Occupational Therapy Assistant, A.S.
    • Physical Therapist Assistant, A.S.
    • Surgical Technology, A.S.
    • Vascular Technology, A.S.

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    SOAR Programs are accepted at Lackawanna College.

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    Explanation of Informational Links

    • Perkins Statewide Articulation Agreement – A document that explains the details of the agreement between participating high schools and colleges and the PA Department of Education.
    • Secondary Competency Task List – A document listing all tasks that a student must achieve proficiently to obtain college credit for the specified SOAR POS.
    • Secondary School Partners – A list by calendar year of high schools that have approved/deleted the SOAR POS.

    More Information

    For official information on the Pennsylvania Department of Education SOAR program, please click here.