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College Success Arizona acquires national professional development program

February 23rd, 2021

Go Alliance Academy will aid teachers, principals and counselors in providing students with postsecondary guidance and other supports

PHOENIX (Feb. 23, 2021) – An important national program with significant potential to impact post high school enrollment and attainment rates has a new home at College Success Arizona. Called the Go Alliance Academy, the program supports the success of all students by providing timely and relevant professional development for school counselors, principals, teachers, staff of college access programs and others.

Founded by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) in 2009, the Go Alliance Academy will now be facilitated through the Arizona College Access Network (AzCAN), which is a program of College Success Arizona. Arizona has been a Go Alliance Academy member state, along with several other states that will continue to participate. College Success Arizona’s future plans include designing new training and re-engaging additional states.

 “We are excited to take leadership of a proven program with endless possibilities for both growth and impact,” says Rich Nickel, president and CEO of College Success Arizona. “COVID-19 has created new challenges for students, and we will be able to develop and package trainings to best address the diverse needs of the whole child – not just in high school, but throughout their educational journey.”

Typical training modules have included College, Career and Academic Planning, Financial Aid and College Applications, College and Career Advising in the Early Grades, Maximizing School Counselor Impact on Student Success and many others. Future training modules may address social and emotional learning, which is top of mind for educators and school counselors. College Success Arizona will also explore opportunities to break longer trainings into shorter modules to make them more accessible.

In Arizona, the Go Alliance Academy programming is already provided via trained facilitators from AzCAN, as well as through the Arizona Department of Education and Arizona GEAR UP. Benefits include continuing education credits, an Arizona College Access certificate and more.

“If we are truly committed to increasing educational opportunity and access for students living in low-income communities in Arizona, it’s important to provide counselors and educators with the right tools and trainings,” says Robert Neese, Executive Director of Arizona GEAR UP. “The content we provide with our partner schools as part of this program is typically not part of our students’ curriculum, which is why it’s so valuable.”

Information about trainings currently offered through AzCAN can be found here.

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About Achieve60AZ, College Success Arizona and Expect More Arizona.

These three leading Arizona education entities have pooled their resources and teams to become one organization. The enhanced organization, which will be renamed later this year, will advance a cohesive education agenda to reach the goals outlined in the Arizona Education Progress Meter and support the success of all Arizona children and adults along the education continuum, from early learning through postsecondary attainment. Learn more here.

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