About the Go Alliance Academy
The Go Alliance Academy training modules can improve effectiveness in preparing all students for postsecondary education — especially those from low-income families who would be the first in their family to attend. The college and career counseling program launched in 2009 and was quickly adopted by states across the country to train counselors and college access professionals. Go Alliance Academy offers the most comprehensive program of courses, designed by experts in the field, on the topics counselors and access advisors want and need most. The program is delivered using the latest, state-of-the art platform for an engaging and interactive user experience. Go Alliance Academy content is based on years of experience and research by college access programs and school counselors who help low-income students and families prepare for and enroll in education after high school. The program is updated every year to provide even richer, more interactive, and relevant training easily accessed to fit the busiest schedules.
A 2017 survey of more than 250 trainees in six states found that, six months after enrolling in the training, 86 percent of counselors reported having changed their practice because of the training; 88 percent had started to implement the action plans developed as part of the training; and 95 percent would recommend the training to colleagues.
High-Quality, Job-Relevant Content
The materials were designed and developed by a team of leading counseling faculty from postsecondary institutions, practicing middle grades and high school counselors (including several ASCA National Counselors of the Year), curriculum specialists, and other content experts. Go Alliance partners with national leaders in online education and professional development for the instructional design, courseware engineering and content maintenance.
Designed by and for School Counselors
Curriculum experts designed the Go Alliance Academy with practical input from some of the nation’s leading school counselors. Counselors participate in the courses as a cohort, which allows for structured online discussions with peers, and feedback is provided from trained instructors who facilitate the courses. Counselors will see best practices in action, and gain knowledge and resources they can incorporate in their work with students immediately.