SOAR

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SOAR Program celebrating 30 years!

https://www.mayland.edu/news/soar-program-celebrates-30-years

SOAR (Support Options for Achievement and Retention) is a TRIO Student Support Services Program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The purpose of the SOAR Program is to provide academic, personal, career, and financial assistance to students who qualify based on one or more of the following criteria: low-income status, first-generation college student (neither parent has completed a bachelor’s degree), or a documented disability. The SOAR Program focuses on students’ assets and how to apply them in navigating college life.  It provides the support needed to overcome obstacles and connect with resources to reach their goals. 

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    General Information

    SOAR Program Location

    SOAR is located at MCC’s Spruce Pine campus, on the second floor of Gwaltney Hall, near the LRC and across from the Academic Support Center. (campus maps)

    Hours of Operation

    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Mondays–Thursdays
    8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Fridays (During summer, MCC is closed on Fridays)

    How to Contact SOAR

    Telephone: 828.766.1205 or 800.4.MAYLAND
    Mail: Post Office Box 547, Spruce Pine, NC 28777
    E-mail: dstafford@mayland.edu

    Staff

    Debbie Stafford, Director
    828.766.1281
    dstafford@mayland.edu
    Debra Cagle, Administrative Assistant
    828.766.1263
    dcagle@mayland.edu
    Dora Smith, Transfer Counselor
    828.766.1260
    dsmith@mayland.edu
    Jeannette Murray, Personal/Academic Counselor
    828.766.1261
    jmurray@mayland.edu
    Elizabeth Hardy, Supplemental English Instructor
    828.766.1312
    ehardy@mayland.edu
    Larry ShookLarry Shook, Supplemental Math Instructor
    828.766.1315
    lshook@mayland.edu

    SOAR Services

    • Academic Advising
    • Tutoring
    • Transfer Advising and Transfer Trips 
    • Study and Learning Skills Development
    • College Resource Development
    • Academic/Personal Empowerment
    • Mid-Term Progress Checks
    • Social and Cultural Opportunities
    • Financial Resources and Money Management
    • Assistive Programs/Agencies Referrals
    • Computer Lab and Lab Assistance 
    • Disability Services and Referral

    SOAR Program Requirements and Application

    We’re pleased that you’re interested in joining the S.O.A.R. Program! Please read carefully below before filling out the application.

    To qualify for S.O.A.R., you must be:

    • a degree-seeking student (pursuing an Associate’s degree or Diploma) for the first time, with no degree of any kind;
    • planning to attend full-time and completing your program of study within 4 years OR planning to earn a degree and transfer within 4 years; 


    AND you must meet ONE of the following qualifications:

    • You are a first-generation college student (meaning that neither parent has a four-year college degree);
    • You have limited income by federal guidelines;
    • You have a disability that may impact your pursuit of a degree.

    If you have any questions about the above qualifications or the attached application, please don’t hesitate to come by the S.O.A.R. office! We are located on the second floor of Gwaltney Hall. You can also send us an email at dcagle@mayland.edu or give us a call at 828-766-1263.  

    To apply to the SOAR program, click on the SOAR application.