Learn How to Earn College Credits Through BCTC's Programs of Study and SOAR

Bedford County Technical Center is offering a new program for students this year. The program is titled S.O.A.R./POS.

S.O.A.R. stands for Students Occupationally and Academically Ready. It promises that students who are successful in this program will be ready to go to work or on to college upon high school graduation. POS stands for Programs of Study. POS is a delivery method for instruction. POSstudents have the opportunity to:

  • Earn industry certificates
  • Take nationally recognized end of program exams
  • Take higher level academic classes
  • Earn FREE College credits

Each Program of Study is matched to a High Priority Occupation (HPO). These occupations are:

  • High Demand
  • High Skill
  • High Wages

They represent available jobs in the state of Pennsylvania.

Programs of Study are matched with colleges across the state. These colleges have aligned their instruction with the academic and technical competencies/tasks that students accomplish in their programs while at the Technical School. Most of them offer nine free credits. Some, especially the Health Careers, offer less. One school is offering twenty-four credits in Information Technology. That’s more than a free semester of College.


You and your child should meet with their Guidance Counselor to talk about the S.O.A.R./POS program. They can help you find out which colleges and Career and Technical Centers offer which programs. Career and Technical Centers do not offer all programs.

Student Responsibilities

To be eligible for SOAR college credits, the student must accomplish several tasks:

  1. Earn a high school diploma.
  2. Complete the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) approved SOAR program at the secondary level.
  3. Earn a 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) GPA in the technical courses.
  4. Achieve competent or advanced on the end of program assessment that is appropriate to the approved Program of Study.
  5. Achieve proficiency in all tasks on the approved PDE Program of Study Secondary Competency Task List.
  6. Within three years of graduation, be accepted as a student at a college that offers Program of Study credits in the student’s program.