SOAR (Federal Trio Program)

S.O.A.R. (Support Options for Achievement and Retention) is a Student Support Services Program funded by the U. S. Department of Education. The primary purpose of the S.O.A.R. Program is to provide the academic support necessary to help students remain in school and successfully complete their educational goals.

 

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S.O.A.R. (Support Options for Achievement and Retention) is a Student Support Services Program funded by the U. S. Department of Education. The primary purpose of the S.O.A.R. Program is to provide the academic support necessary to help students remain in school and successfully complete their educational goals.

 

General Information

SOAR Program Location

We are located on the second floor of Mayland’s main building, Gwaltney Hall, across from the writing and math labs in Spruce Pine (map).

Hours of Operation

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Mondays–Thursdays, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Fridays

Contact Us

By Telephone: 766-1263 or 1-800-4-MAYLAND

By Mail: Post Office Box 547, Spruce Pine, NC 28777

By E-mail: Fill out our online form here.

Staff

Nancy Godwin Nancy Godwin
Director, SOAR Program
(828) 766 1260 or 1-800-4-MAYLAND
E-mail: ngodwin@mayland.edu
Debra Debra Cagle
Administrative Assistant
(828) 766-1263or 1-800-4-MAYLAND
E-mail: dcagle@mayland.edu
Michelle Debbie Stafford
Transfer Counselor
(828) 766-1281 or 1-800-4-MAYLAND
E-mail: dstafford@mayland.edu
Jeannette Jeannette Murray
Personal/Academic Counselor
(828) 766-1261 or 1-800-4-MAYLAND
E-mail: jmurray@mayland.edu
Elizabeth Elizabeth Hardy
Supplemental English Instructor
(828) 766-1312 or 1-800-4-MAYLAND
E-mail: ehardy@mayland.edu
Sandy Sandy Pierce
Supplemental Math Instructor
(828) 766 -1307 or 1-800-4-MAYLAND
E-mail: spierce@mayland.edu
Computer (N.E.S.T.) Lab Technicians
ext. 273, (828) 765-7351 or 1-800-4-MAYLAND

Services We Offer

To qualified students, SOAR offers the following services:

  • Study Skills Assessment/ Study Skills Training
  • Self-Esteem Building
  • College Adjustment/College Resources
  • Personality Type Assessment
  • Learning Style Assessment
  • Screening for a Learning Disability

Other services of the program include:

  • Reading, Writing and Math Skills Assistance
  • Mid-Term Progress Checks
  • Academic Progress Review
  • Academic/Personal Growth
  • Career Counseling Referrals
  • Transfer Assistance
  • Assistance for a Disability
  • Exposure to Cultural Events
  • Financial Aid Referrals
  • Referrals to other programs/agencies for help
  • Tutoring
  • Lending Library Materials
  • Use of the N.E.S.T. computer lab/tutorial software

SOAR Program Requirements

Not every student qualifies for admission into the SOAR Program. You can learn about the requirements here.

SOAR Handbook

The SOAR Program has a Handbook for students that explains the program, its services and requirements.

A downloadable version of the Handbook is available. It is in the Adobe Acrobat PDF format (requires the FREE Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded here).

When you open the Handbook in Acrobat Reader, click the "bookmarks" tab to see a table of contents that will allow you to skip to sections you want to read.

The Handbook can also be printed from Acrobat Reader.

You can download the Handbook here.

Downloadable Applications

  • SOAR Program Application
    It is in the Adobe Acrobat PDF format (requires the FREE Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded here).

    You can fill out page one of the form inside the Adobe Acrobat Reader (you must complete it and print it, as you cannot save the information you enter inside the form) and then print it out, fill out page 2 in your own handwriting, and turn it in to the SOAR Office.

    You can download the application here.

  • SOAR Tutor Request Application Form
    It is in the Adobe Acrobat PDF format (requires the FREE Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded here).

    You can fill out the form inside the Adobe Acrobat Reader (you must complete it and print it, as you cannot save the information you enter inside the form), print it out and turn it in to the SOAR Office.

    You can download the application here.

  • SOAR Tutor Application Form
    Want to serve as a tutor for the SOAR Program? You can apply by completing this form and submitting it to the SOAR Program office.

    The form is in the Adobe Acrobat PDF format (requires the FREE Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded here).

    You can fill out the form inside the Adobe Acrobat Reader (you must complete it and print it, as you cannot save the information you enter inside the form), print it out and turn it in to the SOAR Office.

    You can download the application here.

Disability Services Handbook for Faculty & Staff

Detailed information on assisting students with disabilities is provided through our Adobe Acrobat PDF version of the Disability Services Handbook. It requires the FREE Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded here.

 
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