Student Outreach and Academic Re-Engagement (SOAR) Program

About SOAR

The Bakersfield College Student Outreach and Academic Re-engagement (SOAR) Program focuses on providing out-of-school youth a pathway to self-sufficiency and livable wages. Student in the SOAR program can obtain job placement opportunities upon completion of a CTE or academic program in southeast Bakersfield, Arvin, Delano, McFarland, Wasco, and Shafter.

Enrollment Criteria

SOAR serves out-of-school youth between the ages of 18-24 who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • School dropout
  • Ex-offender
  • Homeless
  • Runaway
  • Foster child
  • Pregnant or parenting
  • ESL or Basic Skills Deficient and is Low-Income

SOAR Services

SOAR participants will have access to following services:

  • Tutoring, Study Skills, and Academic Instruction
  • Alternative Secondary Education offerings
  • Paid or Unpaid Work Experience
  • Occupational Skills Training
  • Education Offered Concurrently with Workforce Preparation and Training for a Specific Occupation
  • Leadership Development Opportunities
  • Supportive Services (Ex: materials required for work experience or school)
  • Adult Mentoring
  • Follow-Up Services (for 12 months)
  • Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling
  • Financial Literacy Education
  • Entrepreneurial Skills Training
  • Services that Provide Labor Market and Employment
  • Transition to Postsecondary Education, Advanced Training and Employment