The Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center guidance counselor and sending district guidance counselors, in conjunction with classroom teachers, are available to assist students with post-secondary plans and personal concerns. Located in the Guidance Office are college and technical school catalogs, applications and other pertinent information.Appointments to meet with the WMCTC guidance counselor or sending district guidance counselor may be arranged through the Student Services office. In addition, support can be obtained for personal concerns through the SAP (Student Assistance Program) team.Whether you are a high school student deciding what you want to be or a parent figuring out how to pay for college, EducationPlanner.org is your one-stop career- and college-planning site.www.collegeboard.org - great site for looking at colleges, careers, and SAT registration.www.collegetransfer.net--this site allows students to see what schools are attached to SOAR. Save time and money when completing approved POS at CTC program.www.fastweb.com - this site allows students to fill out a survey for scholarship information.
www.pfew.org - The Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week is a wonderful program that allows students to learn about running a company. It is a one week summer program that brings students from Pennsylvania Schools together to learn about the free enterprise system and running a company.
esonline.org/ - Affordable Colleges Online
sonline.org/ - Explains the importance of college accreditation.
Opportunities to Earn College Credits for Coursework Completed at WMCTC
- One to One Articulations
- Credit for Prior Learning
What is SOAR Program?
A SOAR Program is a PDE approved, Career and Technical Education Program that credits skills and tasks learned at the secondary school (High School) level to a postsecondary (college) degree, diploma or certificate program. SOAR programs prepare todays’ student for High Priority Occupations which are tomorrow’s high demand and high wage careers.
Why take advantage of SOAR?
- Save Money on Tuition
- Shorten College Attendance Time
- Be Prepared to Enter the Job Market
How to qualify for SOAR Credits?
- Must enroll in an approved Program of Study (POS)
- Take rigorous academic coursework
- Must have a culminating GPA 2.5 in chosen CTE program
- Must achieve Competent or Advance on NOCTI
- Must have a completed SOAR competency list in CTE program to industry standard
What do I need to do?
- Student must qualify for SOAR credits
- Student must have all required documentation complete and submit to participating college
- Student may access SOAR credits up to 3 years after high school graduation
For additional information regarding SOAR
Pennsylvania Department of Education has approved the following WMCTC programs as Programs of Study.
Automotive Technology (CIP code 47.0604)
Carpentry (CIP code 46.0201)
Collision Repair (CIP code 47.0603)
Commercial Art (CIP code 50.0402)
Computer Information Systems (CIP code 11.0901)
Culinary Arts (CIP code 12.0508)
Dental Assisting (CIP code 51.0601)
Diesel Technology (CIP code 47.0613)
Early Childhood Education (CIP code 19.0708)
Electrical Occupations (CIP code 46.0399)
Health Science Technology (CIP code 51.0899)
Heating,Ventilation and Air Conditioning (CIP code 47.0201)
Protective Services (CIP code 43.9999)
Listing of Post-secondary schools is available at www.collegetransfer.net. Search PA Bureau of CTE SOAR program. Select your CIP code and year of graduation. Check this site throughout the year schools are added all the time.
One to One Articulations-- Articulations agreements between WMCTC and Post secondary schools vary from program to program. Check with Instructor and Student Services.
Credit for Prior Learning--- After being accepted to college, speak to a representative from the college advisement department. Ask if there are any opportunities to earn credit for prior learning. You can provide the school with any certificates earned at WMCTC and your program task list.
Do not miss out on an opportunity because you did not take the time to ask!!