Success for Occupational Area Readiness (SOAR)

The Success for Occupational Area Readiness (SOAR) Program is an initiative of Lively Technical College and The Leon County School District. The Leon County School District is committed to providing pathways to post-secondary education for all students. The district believes that it is important to address the need for postsecondary comprehensive programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The SOAR Program will be a collaborative partnership between the school district, Lively Technical College and community partners (Vocational Rehabilitation, Capital Region CareerSource, KEYS Big Bend). This partnership will provide inclusive post‐secondary technical education in state approved career certificate programs for persons with intellectual disabilities.

The program will provide direct support for students with trained personnel to assist with social skills, technical skills, interpersonal communication, and problem-solving skills. In addition, students will receive additional assistance for skills specifically related to their program of study. To ensure student success, students will have access to support structures designed to help the student meet his/her goals. Students will have access to the SOAR Program Coordinator as well as Student Services Staff, VR case manager, and/or relevant community support agency personnel. Students will create unique student success plans with the SOAR Program Coordinator designed to ensure student success.

The overall aim of SOAR is to provide career pathways to students with intellectual disabilities in an area that aligns with the student’s field of interest. The ultimate goal will be that 100% of students who enroll in SOAR will be able to secure gainful employment in their related industry.

Workplace readiness training will be provided by the program coordinator funded through grant dollars. The curriculum covered in the workplace readiness training will include self-advocacy, employment goals, work related soft skills, managing interpersonal relationships, personal productivity, workplace vocabulary, workplace required academics, managing personal finances, effective communication, effective decision making, critical thinking and effective use of technology.

Students will have the opportunity to select career training in one of six areas: Automotive Service Technology 1, Building Trades & Construction Design Technology, Nails Specialty, Facial Specialty, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration 1 and Fundamental Foodservice Skills. During their career training, students will be fully integrated with peers without disabilities. In addition, students will receive academic mentoring from a peer in their program of enrollment. The career training will cover workplace safety and the skills necessary for entry level employment in the chosen field. While attending the career training, students will have the opportunity to earn an industry certification related to their training which is recognized by local employers. Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to apply for competitive employment.

Programs eligible for enrollment for the SOAR Program are below:

Automotive Service Technology 1
Building Trades & Construction Design Technology
Nails Specialty
Facial Specialty
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration 1
Fundamental Foodservice Skills



The SOAR program will focus on two main areas:

  1. On-campus academics
  2. Employment

Mentors will assist students in the SOAR program with becoming active members of the college community.  Students will participate in general courses with non-disabled peers.  Additional Supports include:

  • Academic advisement
  • Study sessions
  • Reading and homework assistance
  • Assistive technology
  • Modified learning plans (depending upon student need)
  • Career counseling

Employment needs are addressed in partnership with Vocational Rehabilitation services, and include individual planning for employment, paid and non-paid internships, career services for resume writing, interview skills, and job placement with on-site support.


To be eligible for the SOAR program, you need:

  • High School Diploma
  • Documentation of  Intellectual Disability (IEP or 504)
  • Desire to become employed

Who is a SOAR student?

SOAR students have a documented intellectual disability and hope to become independent and employed.  SOAR students have strong reading and writing abilities and are able to follow schedules and navigate Lively campus independently.  They also have the ability and willingness to work with others.

How To Apply

Click on the links below to fill out the applications for the SOAR program

Additional Information


Contact Information

If you are interested in this program and would like an application packet, please contact:

Judith Husband, SOAR Program Coordinator

(850) 487 – 7456



Or visit the SOAR Office:

Student Services, Building 9

Lively Technical College Campus

500 Appleyard Drive

Tallahassee, FL 32304