JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

GAA 101: Building a College-Going Culture
for All Students

Brought to you by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), in collaboration with the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)

Please note that this is an online course that will run from June 10th through August 16th. Weekly readings and participation, that will take 3 to 4 hours a week, are required to successfully complete this course and receive 36 Professional Development hours. Space is limited.

This module, developed for practicing professional school counselors, pre-service school counselors, and college access advisers, includes four sessions that are designed to help them increase the postsecondary success of the students they serve, particularly those in poverty or students who face barriers in postsecondary planning. The sessions help school counselors and college access advisers develop approaches for communicating and working with high-poverty students and diverse populations to remove barriers to high aspirations and achievement.

The term “college” is used throughout this module to refer to any postsecondary education or training at a Pell-eligible educational institution beyond the high school level, including those that offer apprenticeship programs, certificates, and associate and/or bachelor degree programs.  


Counselors and college access practitioners who receive a seat in the course (available first-come first-serve) will receive a scholarship to complete the course at no cost. Registration for this course is required as space is limited. You can register for this course by completing the form below. Registrants will receive follow-up communication via email with login details.

Time Committment

This is a ten-week course that requires regular online participation. It will take 6 to 8 hours a week to successfully complete this course. If you are unable to commit to the full ten-weeks, or are no longer able to participate, please let us know prior to the start of the course.

In order to receive professional development hours you must successfully complete the course by submitting all assignments on time, participate in regular online discussions, and submit the ISBE evaluation form.

For questions about this course, email ISAC.OutreachTraining@Illinois.gov.

Date Session Topic
Week 1
June 10 – June 16
Getting Started: Enroll in Course and Orientation Enroll yourself in the course by following attached directions and then complete orientation survey
Week 2 and 3
June 17 - June 30
Session 1 Research the National Workforce Landscape and 21st Century Careers
Week 4 and 5
July 1 - July 14
Session 2 Explore Cultural Competency and Equity
Week 6 and 7
July 15 - July 28
Session 3 Communicate and Advocate for the Role of the School Counselor and College Access Partners in College and Career Planning
Week 8 and 9
July 29 – August 11​
Session 4 Create a School-Wide College-Going Culture
Week 10
August 12 - August 16
Wrap-up Final Course Survey and Wrap-up

This course is now closed. If you would like to receive information on future course offerings, please include your information in the form below.

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