Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

Perkins Grant SOAR Agreements

What is SOAR?

PerkinsSOAR_thumb2SOAR (Students Occupationally and Academically Ready) is a set of articulation agreements linking secondary and postsecondary Career and Technical Education.  These agreements are part of the Perkins Career & Technical Education Grant and are sometimes referred to by the previous name, Programs of Study.

The latest version of the federal legislation authorizing Perkins Grant funding, (Perkins IV) stipulates that each state must develop these articulations. The aim is to have secondary students earn up to nine postsecondary credits, if the students fulfill all of the SOAR requirements.

These articulation agreements are designed to promote the seamless integration of secondary and postsecondary education so that students will be able to graduate with an associate’s degree sooner and with the technical skills necessary to join the workforce in a High Priority Occupation.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education's Bureau of Career and Technical Education has prepared a list of Frequently Asked Questions about SOAR and a promotional flyer.


What CCAC programs are included in SOAR?
Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Career and Technical Education has compiled a list of programs by CIP (Classification of Instructional Program) code for inclusion in SOAR. These programs are offered at many of the Career & Technical Education Centers across the state. For each CIP code, the state has compiled a task list of skill competencies that a high school student will master upon successful completion of the curriculum. Successful completion at the high school level can then translate into college credits at any of the state’s 14 community colleges and many other postsecondary technical schools. 

So far, CCAC has signed onto 26 SOAR articulation agreements:

CIPCCAC ProgramHS Graduation YearsArticulated
Credits †
11.0801104 Multimedia Web Design, Cert.2013, 2014, & 20156
11.0901242 Information Technology Support, Cert.2013, 2014, & 20159
11.0901783 Information Technology Support 2013, 2014, & 20159
15.0303300 Electronic Engineering Technology2010, 2011 & 2012
2013, 2014, & 2015
15.1202783 Information Technology Support2011, 2012 & 2013
2014, 2015, & 2016
15.1301270 Architectural Drafting & Design Technology2013, 2014 & 20157
19.0708621 Early Education & Child Development2010, 2011 & 2012
2013, 2014, & 2015
26.1201416 Biotechnology2011, 2012 & 2013
2014, 2015, & 2016
46.0401384 Facilities Maintenance Technology2011, 2012 & 2013
2014, 2015, & 2016
46.0503365 Plumbing2011, 2012 & 2013
2014, 2015, & 2016
47.0201313 Heating and Air Conditioning2010, 2011 & 2012
2013, 2014, & 2015
47.0604349 Automotive Technology2010, 2011 & 2012
2013, 2014, & 2015
48.0508316 Welding2010, 2011 & 2012
2013, 2014, & 2015
50.0402374 Graphic Communications2013, 2014, & 20159
51.0801535 Medical Assistant2013, 2014, & 20159
52.0302340 Accounting Specialist2010, 2011 & 2012
2013, 2014, & 2015
52.0401785 Administrative Assistant2013, 2014, & 20159


670 Culinary Arts/Chef Training

2014, 2015, 2016


† To see which CCAC courses have been articulated for specific SOAR program, use or view the .pdf file “Articulated Courses by CCAC Program."

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What are the advantages of SOAR for students?  

  • Saving money on college tuition
  • Saving time by shortening college attendance
  • Getting on the right career pathway
  • Entering the job market with marketable skills
  • Getting a consistent education from secondary through postsecondary

What does a high school student need to do to earn the articulated SOAR credits at CCAC? 

  • Earn a high school diploma with a minimum 2.50 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale in the technical courses
  • Complete the secondary component of SOAR (all required high school technical courses).
  • Achieve a competent or advanced level on the secondary school end-of program assessment, the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) test.
  • Achieve proficiency on all items on the approved PDE SOAR Secondary Competency Task List
  • Submit documentation to verify qualification to the CCAC admissions office.

What documents must students submit to CCAC for SOAR credit?   

  1. Completed Secondary Competency Task List (sample) with a Secondary Competency Task
  2. Secondary Competency Task List Coversheet (sample); which lists:
    • Student's Name
    • Program of Study Name
    • Program of Study CIP number
    • Instructor’s Signature
    • Instructor’s Name
    • School Name
    • School Mailing Address
    • School Telephone Number
  3. Perkins Statewide Articulation Agreement Documentation Coversheet (sample)
  4. Official High School Transcript
  5. Diploma
  6. Any Earned Industry Certification

To get a printable set of SOAR documents (Task List Coversheet, Secondary Competency Task List Coversheet and a program Task Grid) go to

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How many credits can a student earn per SOAR at a community college?
Students can view all SOAR articulation agreements across the state at  Simply enter a program of study by either title or CIP code along with a graduation year to see a complete list of community colleges, course titles and number of credits for each SOAR program.

To see which CCAC courses have been articulated for specific SOAR program, use or view the .pdf file “Articulated Courses by CCAC Program."

Where will CCAC's SOAR students come from?
Any high school Career and Technical Education student, who successfully fulfills the requirements of a secondary SOAR program, can earn articulated credits at any community college or postsecondary institution within Pennsylvania that has signed onto that particular SOAR agreement. For CCAC, we anticipate that most of our SOAR students will come from the Pittsburgh Public Schools or one of Allegheny County’s five Career and Technical Education Centers: 

When does a CCAC student get the articulated credits?
Unless stated otherwise in the agreement, students will be awarded the articulated credits upon the successful completion of their first CCAC course.

Need help or additional information about SOAR programs at CCAC?
For additional information about SOAR or the Perkins Grant at CCAC, please contact Norm Downey at 412.237.4670 or

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