Earning College Credits for High School Coursework Completed at TCHS Pickering
There are several ways that students can earn college credits while enrolled at TCHS Pickering:
1. Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE): Students Occupationally and Academically Ready (SOAR) Statewide Articulation/Program of Study
Opportunities are specific to each Career & Technical Education program. For more information,
please e-mail Jane Fraschilla, post-secondary coordinator, or call 610-247-2485.
1. PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: STUDENTS OCCUPATIONALLY AND ACADEMICALLY READY (SOAR)
Click on the SOAR pamphlet title below to learn more about earning college credit for high school coursework.
Your Future Begins Before High School
WHAT IS SOAR?
Students Occupationally and Academically Ready (SOAR) Programs of Study are career and technical education programs approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). SOAR Programs of Study are considered by Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry to be High Priority Occupations, which means that they are in high demand because they require a high skill level. As a result, graduates of these programs are likely to earn higher than average wages.
What’s more, high school students enrolled in SOAR programs can earn free college credits as a result of partnerships between secondary schools (high schools) and post-secondary institutions (colleges, universities, etc.). In fact, many of these post-secondary institutions offer nine free credits, and at least one offers 21 free credits - that’s more than a free semester of college courses! In short, SOAR programs lead students who qualify into a career pathways that aligns their high school courses with post-secondary programs for completion of a college degree or certificate.
SOAR is the Pennsylvania Department of Education's official statewide college track pathway for Career and Technical Education (CTE) students completing approved Programs of Study.
Saving Money on College Tuition
Saving Time by Shortening College Attendance
Getting on the Right Career Pathway
Entering the Job Market Ready
Getting a Consistent Education
To Qualify For Free SOAR Credits Offered at Participating Colleges:
To Access These Free SOAR Credits:
The Career & Technical Education programs listed below have received Pennsylvania Department of Education program approval for SOAR Programs of Study delivery for 2012-2013.
Automotive Collision Technology (Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician 47.0603)
Automotive Service Technology (Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 47.0604)
Carpentry (Carpentry/Carpenter 46.0201)
Computer Information Systems (Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 52.0401)
Commercial and Graphic Art (Commercial and Advertising Art 50.0402)
Culinary Arts (Institutional Food Workers 12.0508)Early Childhood Care and Education (Child Care and Support Services Management 19.0708)
Electronic Systems Technology (Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 15.0303)
Engine Technology (Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Technologies, Other 47.0699)
Health Career Academy/Pre-Nursing (Health Professions and related Clinical Sciences, Other 51.9999)
Health Occupations (Health/Medical Assisting Services 51.0899)
Sustainable Energy Engineering (Electrical and Power Transmission Installer, Other 46.0399)
For more information, go to Pennsylvania Department of Education website for SOAR Programs of Study. Please check the links on the side bar Articulations for Post Secondary Information and Framework for Secondary Information
2. ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS
Many Career & Technical Education programs at the Technical College High School have additional articulation agreements with post secondary colleges and technical schools. These agreements are specific to each post secondary institution and may provide for advanced placement based on the competencies or industry standard certifications mastered at TCHS.
3. CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING - TIME SHORTENED AND MONEY SAVED
1) Student receives a college acceptance letter.
2) Student contacts the college advisement department to inquire about earning credit for prior learning and makes an appointment.
Ask: Should I bring my art portfolio?
Should I bring my e-portfolio?
Should I bring documentation of certifications I have earned in high school?
Are there any fees?
3) Please note, this process can vary between colleges.
4. COLLEGE OPEN ENROLLMENT
High school students, in 11th and 12th grade, may be eligible to attend college and start taking college courses on their own.
1) Always check with your high school counseling office to clarify whether or not college credit will apply
toward high school graduation requirements.
2) Contact the college admissions department to complete the college enrollment process.
All students should be planning for their future career pathway by researching the required skills, education, projected job openings,working conditions, and starting salaries. It is expected that 80% of jobs through 2020 will require at least two years of post-secondary training/education. Most existing jobs do not and most future jobs will not require a four-year college degree. Programs of Study and Articulation Agreements help students prepare for high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand jobs. These are referred to as gold collar jobs.
The following web sites are resources for career related research:
Bureau of Labor Statistics - Occupational Outlook Handbook
PA Career Guide http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=809063&mode=2