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SOAR

COVID-19 Update: SOAR Articulation Agreements cannot be honored as written due to the cancellation of the NOCTI exams. Lackawanna College will be offering similar credits to students with a slight modification to the required paperwork. In lieu of NOCTI exam results, students must submit a letter of recommendation from their primary program of study instructor. Specific instructions for SOAR credit requests can be obtained by contacting Karen Lipnichan.

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.

Contact Us

Karen Lipnichan
Programs of Study Coordinator & Recruiter
(570) 955-1546

Danielle Gebhart
Programs of Study Regional Recruiter & Advisor – Hazleton
(570) 459-1573 Ext 2815

Kaitlin Stover
Enrollment Specialist – Sunbury
(570) 988-1931

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 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)

  • Agribusiness, 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.
  • 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.
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant, A.S.
  • Physical Therapist Assistant, A.S.
  • Surgical Technology, A.S.
  • Vascular Technology, A.S.

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.

Click Here to see How SOAR programs are accepted at Lackawanna College

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