Our Courses

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

Each course allows you to join a group of peers for online discussions, see best practices in action, gain knowledge, and use resources you can incorporate in your work immediately.  

View all our course options below. 

Short Courses

Our short courses are perfect for busy counselors, teachers, and other college access professionals in need of training. These courses span four weeks and require approximately four hours of work per week. 

How has automation and the COVID -19 pandemic impacted the workforce, both now and in the next decade ? Learn the current research on what skills, knowledge and abilities employers need the most; which skills can predict job success in specific job roles and which general skills are in demand across industries; and how to apply this new information when working with students.  

In this course: 

  • The current workforce landscape 

  • The competencies employers want 

  • Career awareness and development 

  • Career and postsecondary planning 


Duration: 4 weeks (About 4 hours per week) 

Cost: $199  

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Develop the skills and knowledge required to help homeless and foster-care students, students with disabilities, immigrant and refugee students, and LGBTQ students achieve their postsecondary aspirations. Learn about building support systems, maintaining records and helping at-risk students get on track for high school graduation and postsecondary education.   

In this course: 

  • Understanding and advocating for special populations 

  • Building support systems for special populations 

  • Helping students build resilience and self-advocacy skills 

  • Academic progress and planning 

 

Duration: 4 weeks (About 4 hours per week) 

Cost: $199  

Help homeless and foster-care students, students with disabilities, immigrant and refugee students, and LGBTQ students achieve their postsecondary aspirations. Learn how to help students with making sound match and fit decisions, completing the FAFSA , paying for college and successfully transitioning to education after high school.    

In this course: 

  • Postsecondary exploration 

  • The college admission process 

  • Helping special population students with financial aid and scholarships 

  • Transitioning to college  

 

Duration: 4 weeks (About 4 hours per week) 

Cost: $199  

Intensive Courses

Our intensive courses or academic courses are geared towards professionals in need of CEUs or those looking for more depth in instruction. These courses span between 4-6 weeks and require approximately six hours of work per week. 


This course is focused on the postsecondary success of students in low-income households, those who would be first-in-the-family to attend college and students of color.   

Learn about professional approaches and resources for creating a college-going mission for all students, including how to remove barriers to postsecondary opportunities for these student populations.  

In this course: 

  • Understanding the national workforce landscape and 21st century careers 

  • Exploring cultural competency and equity 

  • Partnering with college access partners in college and career planning 

  • Creating a school-wide college-going culture 

Duration: 4 weeks (About 6 hours per week) 

Cost: $299  

Course code: GAA-101C

This course focuses on engaging students in career awareness and development, linking careers to postsecondary planning, using data to address equity in postsecondary opportunities, and finding the right postsecondary fit. 

In this course:

  • Supporting student career awareness and development
  • Engaging students in career and postsecondary planning
  • Using data to address equity and to guide academic and career planning
  • Helping students make postsecondary choices


    Duration:
     4 weeks (About 6 hours per week) 

    Cost: $299   

    Course code: GAA-102C

This module includes four sessions that increase counselors' knowledge of different financial aid options, how to complete the FAFSA, and how to help students to complete college applications.

In this course:

  • Assisting students with the college application process
  • Preparing students for college admission tests
  • Guiding students and families through the complexities of financial aid
  • Helping students and families with the financial aid process

    Duration: 4 weeks (About 6 hours per week) 

    Cost: $299   

    Course code: GAA-103C

This course focuses on early career awareness and planning, developing successful social-emotional skills, transitions into middle and high school, and academic engagement.

In this course:

  • Developing a college-going culture in your middle school
  • Helping middle grade students and families understand the value and affordability of postsecondary education
  • Engaging middle grade students in exploration of career interests and skills
  • Using data to address equity and create early warning systems
  • Engaging middle grade students and families in academic planning and transitions
  • Helping students develop mindsets and skills for academic and career success

    Duration: 6 weeks (About 6 hours per week) 

    Cost: $299   

    Course code: GAA-104C

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This course is designed to help elementary school counselors build their knowledge and skills in several areas, including how to create a college-going culture, communicate the value and affordability of postsecondary education, increase student career exploration, use data to support student success, and help students develop "non-cognitive" skills.

In this course:

  • Developing a college-going culture in your elementary school
  • Helping elementary teachers, students, and families understand the value and affordability of postsecondary education
  • Engaging elementary grades students in self-exploration of career interests and skills
  • Disaggregating data to address equity and design interventions for at-risk students
  • Preparing students for academic and career success

    Duration: 6 weeks (About 6 hours per week) 

    Cost: $299   

    Course code: GAA-105C

This course helps administrators understand how to engage effectively with school counselors to take the steps needed to achieve school improvement goals. Participants learn about the school counselor's role, how school counselors impact student success, what a comprehensive school program is, and how to support such a program.

In this course:

  • The impact of school counselors on student achievement
  • Understanding the role of the school counselor
  • Setting expectations for a comprehensive school counseling program in your school
  • Strengthening the school counselor-principal relationship

Duration: 4 weeks (About 6 hours per week) 

Cost: $299    

Course code: GAA-106P

This course is designed for college access advisers, non-profit organizations, teachers, after-school staff, etc. It teaches high-level approaches and provides basic resources for advising students in how to plan, apply, pay for, and succeed in education after high school to prepare for careers of interest.

In this course:

  • Understanding the national workforce landscape and 21st century careers
  • Supporting student career awareness and development
  • Helping students understand postsecondary options
  • Promoting a college-going culture in your school
  • Preparing for the postsecondary application process and admissions tests
  • Paying for college and understanding financial aid

Duration: 6 weeks (About 6 hours per week) 

Cost: $299    

Course code: GAA-107T

This course is designed for school teams of administrators, lead teachers, school counselors, and other key staff. It is designed to help school staff collect and analyze relevant data and transform their programs and services in order to improve the postsecondary success of their students.
In this course:
  • Using school data to address equity and to guide academic and career planning
  • The case for education beyond high school: exploring the national workforce landscape and future careers
  • Promoting a college-going culture in your school
  • Helping students explore postsecondary options
  • Helping students and families make informed postsecondary decisions
  • Supporting students’ transition to postsecondary education

Duration: 6 weeks (About 6 hours per week) 

Cost: $299    

Course code: GAA-108S

This module helps counselors develop the skills and knowledge required to help homeless and foster-care students, students with disabilities, immigrant and refugee students, and LGBTQ students to apply, finance, and transition into education after high school. Participants will learn more about building support systems, maintaining records, special circumstances in the college application and financial aid processes, and helping at-risk students successfully transition into education after high school. 
In this course:

  • Understanding and identifying special populations
  • Building support systems for special populations
  • Academic progress and planning
  • Postsecondary exploration
  • The college admission process & financial aid
  • The transition to college

Duration: 6 weeks (About 6 hours per week) 

Cost: $299    

Course code: GAA-201C

This advance course builds knowledge and skills learned in prior Go Alliance Academy modules. Participants will learn about postsecondary opportunities that are less than associate degrees and how these programs can lead to success in various career fields. In addition, this module covers how to support students through the postsecondary transition processes as well as how to help students make an informed match and fit decisions based on a variety of key factors. 

In this course:

  • Communicating career options and associated postsecondary education
  • Connecting postsecondary planning to career goals
  • Helping students and families make informed postsecondary decisions
  • Maximizing student success in the application and admissions process
  • Supporting students’ transition to postsecondary education

Duration: 6 weeks (About 6 hours per week) 

Cost: $299    

Course code: GAA-203C


In this advanced module, participants will analyze their current practices and consider ways to improve their college and career programs to more effectively help students prepare for postsecondary experiences. 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.
In this course:
  • Explore ethical practice and advocacy in postsecondary advising
  • Evaluate and refine your postsecondary education and career advising program
  • Work with partners and build social capital
  • Maximize your time and effectiveness of your postsecondary education and career advising program

Duration: 4 weeks (About 6 hours per week) 

Cost: $299    

Course code: GAA-202C

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