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SOAR stands for Students Occupationally and Academically Ready. SOAR programs articulate skills and tasks gained at the secondary school (high school) level to course credit earned in a postsecondary (college) degree, diploma or certificate program.

SOAR programs can help students:

  • Prepare for entering the job market with college and career ready skills

  • Choose the best career pathway

  • Save money on college tuition

  • Save time by not duplicating coursework in college

8 out of the 11 Octorara Career & Technical Education Programs are PA SOAR Program of Studies.  

 For more information go to SOAR




The National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) is a leading provider of high-quality technical competency assessment products and services for secondary and post-secondary educational institutions in the United States and around the world. NOCTI provides services including job and task analysis, standards development, assessment development and delivery, scoring and analysis services, and student recognition.

With over four decades of experience in developing tools to continuously improve the field of Career and Technical Education (CTE), NOCTI delivers solutions for increasing students’ technical competence and certifying new and incumbent workers in the private sector. NOCTI is a national leader in creating customized and standardized assessment solutions.

Job Ready
Measure the skills of those who complete a secondary or post-secondary technical program. Job Ready assessments consist of both a written and performance component.

 State Customized
NOCTI is involved with the development of various state customized assessments including a partnership with the PA Department of Education, Bureau of Career & Technical Education.  NOCTI provides assessments for students who are concentrators or completers in PDE state-approved programs.  All students completing state-approved programs are required to take an approved end-of-program assessment like the NOCTI. 

Certificate and Partner Programs

NOCTI is the assessment provider for many certificate programs offering students the opportunity to earn a certificate or certification in a technical area.

 For more information on NOCTI go to:  NOCTI 

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