Earning college credit for high school coursework
Click on the pamphlet title below to learn more about earning college credit for high school coursework.
There are several ways that students can earn college credits while enrolled at CAT Brandywine:
Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE): Students Occupationally and Academically Ready (SOAR) Statewide Articulation/Program of Study
One to One Articulations
Credit for Prior Learning
College Open Enrollment
Advanced Placement Exam
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.
PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: STUDENTS OCCUPATIONALLY AND ACADEMICALLY READY (SOAR)
Career and Technical Education Programs prepare students for successful futures in high skilled, high demand occupations. Through PDE's SOAR program, they also provide free college credits to qualifying CAT graduates at participating colleges in Pennsylvania. It is the Pennsylvania Department of Education's official statewide college track pathway for Career and Technical Education (CTE) students completing approved Programs of Study.
Career-focused technical skills can help with job advancement, jobsecurity, and job portability for current or emerging occupationalopportunities (high priority occupations).
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
SOAR Frequently Asked Questions
The Career & Technical Educationprograms listed below have received Pennsylvania Department of Education program approval for SOAR Programs of Study delivery for2010-2011.
Auto Collision Technology
Automotive Service Technology
Early Childhood Care and Education
Electronic Systems Technology
The followingprograms have been submitted for Pennsylvania Department of Education program approval for Programs of Studydelivery for 2010-2011 and are in the process of being approved. The anticipated date of Pennsylvania Department of Education approval ison, or before, December 31, 2010.
Computer Information Systems
Graphic Communications and Printing Technology
For more information, go to Pennsylvania Department of Education website for Programs of Study/Students Occupationally and Academically Ready (SOAR). Please check the links on the side bar Articulations for Post Secondary Information and Framework.
Many Career & Technical Education programs at the Center for Arts &Technology have additional articulation agreements with post secondarycolleges and technical schools. These agreements are specific to each post secondaryinstitution and may provide for advanced placement based on thecompetencies or industry standard certifications mastered at CAT.
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 their processfor earning credit for prior learning and makes an appointment.
Ask: ShouldI bring my art portfolio?
Should I bring mye-portfolio?
Should I bring documentation of certifications Ihave earned in high school?
Arethere any fees?
3)Please note, this process can vary between colleges.
COLLEGE OPEN ENROLLMENT
High school students, in 11th and 12th grade, may beeligible to attend college and start taking college courses on their own.
1) Always checkwith your high school counseling office to clarify whether or not collegecredit will apply
toward high school graduation requirements.
2) Contact thecollege admissions department to complete the college enrollment process.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT EXAM
Students may earn advanced credit for successful performance on the CAT Pickering US Government and Politics advanced placement exam.
All students should be planning for their future career pathway byresearching 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.
The Center for Workforce Information & Analysis - Pennsylvania Workforce Statistics
Bureau of Labor Statistics - Occupational Outlook Handbook
PA Career Guide