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SOAR (Success for Occupational Area Readiness)

SOAR (Success for Occupational Area Readiness)
Lively Technical College
SOAR (Success for Occupational Area Readiness)
635 Brooke Hampton Dr
Tallahassee, FL 32311
Program Contact Judith Husband
Program Contact Email
Phone 8504877456
Website Program website

The Success for Occupational Area Readiness (SOAR) program offers an opportunity for students with an intellectual disability to become certified in one of six offered programs. Eligible, chosen SOAR students will receive a scholarship that will cover tuition and books for either part-time or full-time enrollment. SOAR students need to be proficient in reading and writing, possess adequate daily living skills, be able to navigate Lively campus and work with effectively others.
SOAR students will be assigned a mentor that will aid in organization, planning, tutoring, as well as other components of academics (as needed). Accommodations will be provided based on the need of the SOAR student, yet all students will be held to the same academic standard for certification requirements. This is a full inclusion program where SOAR students will participate with their non-disabled peers 100% of the time.
Programs Include:
• Automotive Service Technology
• Nails Specialty
• Facials Specialty
• Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Technology
• Building Trades & Construction Design Technology or
• Fundamental Foodservice Skills.

Program information submitted: February 15, 2022

Public or private: Public
Type of school: Technical or vocational/trade school
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? Yes
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 11
School district or agency partner: Leon County School District
Contact person: Kristy Ward
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? Yes, a regular high school diploma or GED is required
Deadline to apply to this program: May 31, 2022
Criteria for admission
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
Program length: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 100.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 0.00%
Notes on acceptance and attendance: SOAR Program started in Fall of 21-22 school year
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $5000.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $0.00
Room and board: $0.00
Program fees: $0.00
Additional costs:
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for credit
More about course access: Program began in August of 2021
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 100%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? No
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Students receive the typical certificate of credentials provided to all students in each respective program
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students? Students are able to receive a scholarship of up to $7,000 per year
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 0%
Other career development activities are:
  • None
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 0%
Additional information about career development and work experience: Program started in fall of 2021
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: No
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 100%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities Campus events
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation
  • College/University's Graduation