Education for our communities and states

Creating opportunity for individuals and society.

Creating Opportunities

Education creates opportunity. And opportunity for a successful postsecondary education should be available to everyone, even those whose academic background can make college success daunting. Great strides are possible with the right kind of support and attention.

Academy at WGU was established to support college readiness initiatives in partnership with state and local governments, workforce groups, nonprofit organizations, and other community groups who realize that a “career-ready education” is crucial to an individual’s long-term success. And that lifting up others through education benefits us all!


The needs of states and communities vary, but Academy’s approach can make a tremendous difference:

  • Providing those with only a high school diploma a low-risk on-ramp to become college ready
  • Providing older adults a low-cost way to prepare themselves for postsecondary education and pursue their career dreams
  • Improving individuals’ core competencies in math and language skills
  • Helping individuals from all backgrounds develop a thriving mindset, confidence, and planning skills that support both academic and career success

Our Approach

At Academy, we have a simple goal—create remarkably resilient learners. It’s a simple, but big challenge. Learning can be difficult for many individuals, particularly those with no college experience or those who have struggled in the past. That said, many individuals have greater potential than even they realize.

Academy’s three-pronged approach to preparing students—coursework, social-emotional learning, and personalized professional coaching—can be transformative for students.

Program for Academic and Career Advancement (PACA)

PACA is Academy’s one-of-a-kind program designed to develop resilient learners, even among those who traditionally would underperform in higher education. It develops students’ self-awareness, a growth mindset, confidence, communication skills, help-seeking skills, and planning, time management, and study habits and positions them for long-term academic and career success.

Based on years of evidence-based research and experience at WGU, PACA includes self-paced, mobile-phone friendly modules, online synchronous group sessions, and personalized one-to-one coaching. Students meet face-to-face via webcam and build a self-supportive peer network. It combines experiential learning, social support, and self-reflective awareness to empower students during their academic journey.

Learning and Coursework Options

Depending upon the needs of the population being served, your Academy program can include core skills development in math and literacy competence, or college-level courses.

Academy offers admission to WGU after graduation from Academy, but many of our courses also transfer easily to other institutions. So wherever the students want to pursue a postsecondary credential, we can help them get there.

Partnering with Academy

Academy offers innovative solutions backed by research to meet your organization’s needs. Working with you, we can design a program that aligns with your institutional goals while keeping Academy’s student-centric approach as the focus. A customized solution can include PACA plus core skills coursework, or transferable courses, or a multi-party partnership with local high schools or other higher education institutions.

Partner with us as we help more students to further their education and prepare for college.

Learn more about partnership opportunities