About the Program

The Generating Organizational Advancement and Leadership (GOAL) Academy started as a grassroots program at the park level in Grand Canyon and has grown into one of the most sought-after nationally-based leadership programs in NPS.  Pairing top-notch development experts with examples of leadership excellence, this program offers an unsurpassed learning environment for leadership soft skills.

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Program Overview

Emphasizing the concept of Lead Where You Are Now, this annually-hosted program is a blended learning experience that includes approximately 265 curriculum hours over the course of 9 months (September 1 – May 31):

  • Three in-person residential sessions (96.0 hours)
  • Eight webinars (20.0 hours)
  • Class project presentation webinars (10.0 hours)
  • Monthly assignments (48.0 hours)
  • Class project (45.0 hours)
  • Mentorship (18.0 hours)
  • Two 360-degree personal evaluations (8.0 hours)
  • One online asynchronous five-week course (20.0 hours)

The GOAL Academy is centrally-funded, with all costs (tuition, travel, supplies) covered mutually by WASO Learning and Development and NPS Regional Offices. The exception to this is the Pacific West region in which costs are shared between WASO and the benefiting account (park or program).

Absolutely unmatched personal, peer, and professional development.” – – GOAL Academy graduate

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