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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6 of 8 – Testimonials & Impact
7 of 8 – Class Projects
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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 260 curriculum hours over the course of 9 months (September 1 – May 31):

  • 3 in-person residential sessions (96.0 hours)
  • 8 webinars (20.0 hours)
  • class project presentation webinars (10.0 hours)
  • 8 monthly assignments (48.0 hours)
  • a class project (40.0 hours)
  • a mentorship (18.0 hours)
  • (2) 360-degree personal evaluations (8.0 hours)
  • an online asynchronous 5-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). Correction for FY20: the Pacific West region is covering these costs so there is no direct cost to the PWR parks.

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

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