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The Go Alliance Academy’s instructor-led courses use a proven community learning approach. 

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This course focuses on the role of the school counselors and college access advisers in ensuring that all students have the necessary information and support needed to pursue education beyond high school. Participants will learn about the barriers that many students face in planning for postsecondary education as well as the specific strategies and practices that increase postsecondary enrollment. 

Participants will also assess their own personal beliefs and attitudes about the readiness for college among groups of students and learn how to measure whether "college-going" practices are present in a particular school. (Note that in this course, the word "college" and "college-going" refer to any formal education beyond high school.)  Finally, participants will assess the culture of their own school, then make a plan for improving the culture of postsecondary equity.

CEUs: 2.0   Hours: 20

In this Course:

  • Orientation: Understanding the Barriers Faced by Special Population Students

  • Session 1: The Role of School Counselors and College Access Professionals in Achieving Postsecondary Equity

  • Session 2: What is a Culture of Postsecondary Equity?

  • Session 3: Analyze Your Student Data

  • Session 4Creating a Culture of Postsecondary Equity

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This course is designed to increase counselors’ understanding of current and future workforce trends, as well as the general and specific skills workers will need for job success. Topics include the earning potential for job fields that are expanding, shrinking and stagnating; the impact of automation on the workforce; strategies for helping students identify career interests; and understanding the link between secondary course selection and the postsecondary credentials that lead to careers of interest.

CEUs: 2.0   Hours: 20

In this Course:

  • Orientation & Good Jobs, Higher Education, and Socioeconomic Outcomes

  • Session 1: The National Workforce Landscape

  • Session 2: The Impact of Technology and Automation on Workplace Skills

  • Session 3: Supporting Students’ Career Awareness and Development

  • Session 4Engaging Students in Career Oriented Academic Planning

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This course focuses on the impact that college information has on students' postsecondary decisions as well as the impact that poor college fit can have on academic achievement and degree completion. Participants will learn how to reduce undermatch by helping students fully understand all of their postsecondary choices, important factors to consider when comparing colleges, and how to make informed decisions regarding financial, social, and academic fit. 

CEUs: 2.0   Hours: 20 

Course Sessions

  • Orientation & College Match, Academic Achievement, and Credential Completion
  • Session 1: Types of Colleges
  • Session 2: Helping Students Avoid Undermatch
  • Session 3: Visiting and Comparing Colleges
  • Session 4: Making Match and Fit Decisions

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This course provides an overview of how colleges make admissions decisions, including which factors are considered, how important each factor typically is, and how to help students present themselves in the best manner. Participants will learn about specific application components and the recommended timeline for completing each. Participants will also learn about early decision, early action, and regular decisions, as well as the pros and cons of each. Finally, participants will learn how to help students write effective essays and resumes as well as how to write effective letters of recommendation for students. 

CEUs: 2.0   Hours: 20

In this course: 

  • Orientation: Ethical guidelines of college admissions

  • Session 1: How Admissions Decisions are Made 

  • Session 2: The College Application Process

  • Session 3: Personal Statements and Activities/Resumes

  • Session 4: Letters of Recommendation

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This course provides an overview the different types of financial aid programs available to learners pursuing education after high school, including grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study. Information is provided about working with students in special circumstances (such as homelessness, foster care, and various immigrant categories). Participants will learn what expected family contribution (EFC) is and how EFC is compared to each institution’s total cost of attendance to determine individual student need. Two different forms used to determine individual student need, the FAFSA and the CSS Profile, are defined and compared.
CEUs: 2.0   Hours: 20

In this course: 

  • Orientation: What High Schoolers Know About Paying for College 

  • Session 1: Working with Students and Families in Special Circumstances

  • Session 2: The Types of Financial Aid

  • Session 3: Determining Financial Need: Cost of Attendance and Expected Family Contribution

  • Session 4: Financial Aid Forms and Formulas: The FAFSA and the CSS Profile

This course provides an overview of the various financial aid programs offered by the federal Department of Education and the student qualifications for each. Participants will learn about and compare different types of loans as well as the process that must be followed to qualify, utilize, and repay student loans.

CEUs: 2.0   Hours: 20

In this course:

  • Session 1: Federal Student Aid Programs
  • Session 2: Additional Aid Opportunities for Students in Special Circumstances
  • Session 3: Understanding Loan Options
  • Session 4: Loans: The Borrowing Process

Participants will learn about the FAFSA form, including the information and documentation needed to complete it. This course covers the various terminology used on the FAFSA, each question that is asked, and how to help students answer these questions. The course also provides an overview of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) and which students are eligible to use it. Finally, participants will learn how to help students in unique circumstances answer specific FAFSA questions.

CEUs: 2.0   Hours: 20

In this course:

  • Session 1: The Critical Role of the FAFSA
  • Session 2: Getting Started: Gathering Materials, The FSA ID, and IRS Data Retrieval Tool
  • Session 3: The FAFSA, Step by Step
  • Session 4: Completing the FAFSA with Special Populations of Students

In this course, participants will learn what happens after a student submits the FAFSA form. Sessions focus on the different components of financial aid offers, the process of how institutions create these offers, how to compare offers, and how to make an appeal for additional aid. Participants will learn how financial aid administrators use professional judgement (PJ) to determine whether or not to adjust a financial aid offer and what rules and regulations they must follow in doing so. Finally, this course explains the verification process and what students can do if selected for verification.

CEUs: 2.0   Hours: 20

In this course:

  • Session 1: Navigating Verification
  • Session 2: Comparing Financial Aid Offers
  • Session 3: Professional Judgement and Financial Aid Appeals
  • Session 4: Putting it All Together: The FAFSA Completion Initiative

This course includes strategies for how school counselors and college access professionals can ethically identify special populations and increase their postsecondary success. Participants will learn how to create a safe and supportive environment for special population students, how to coordinate with community resources, and how to educate professional colleagues on working with these students. Participants will explore ways to develop students’ self-advocacy and resilience skills. Finally, participants will investigate alternative graduation requirements and learn how to help students overcome challenges to their academic progress.

CEUs: 2.0   Hours: 20

In this course:

  • Orientation: Introduction to Special Populations

  • Session 1: The Role of the School Counselor in Advocating for Special Populations

  • Session 2: Building Support Systems for Special Populations

  • Session 3: Helping Students Build Resilience and Self-Advocacy Skills

  • Session 4: Academic Progress and Planning

In this course, participants will analyze their current practices and consider ways to improve their college and career programs. Participants will build knowledge and skills in several areas, including how to advocate for school counseling services; how to evaluate postsecondary education and career advising practices; how to build school, community, and postsecondary partnerships; and how to maximize counselors’ time and effectiveness.

CEUs: 2.0   Hours: 20

In this course:

  • Orientation: The Role of the Professional School Counselor in Student Postsecondary Planning

  • Session 1: Explore Ethical Practice and Advocacy in Postsecondary Advising

  • Session 2: Evaluate and Refine Postsecondary and Career Advising Programs

  • Session 3: Work with Partners and Build Social Capital

  • Session 4: Maximize the Effectiveness of Your Postsecondary Education and Career Advising Program

This specialized course focuses specifically on the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to help students experiencing homelessness become "on track" for high school completion and postsecondary enrollment. It increases counselors' expertise in the unique barriers faced by homeless and housing insecure students in applying to and succeeding in education after high school; how to help these students pay for college; and how to select the right postsecondary institution that can best meet their housing and academic support needs.
In this course:
  • Identifying and supporting students who are experiencing homelessness
  • Academic planning and postsecondary exploration
  • The college admissions process and financial aid
  • The transition to college

Duration: 4 weeks (About 6 hours per week) 

Cost: $299    

Course code: GAA-204C

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