Individual and/or Group Grants
Staff Improvement Grants provide funds for individual or group participation in conferences, workshops, coursework, or other activities that develop or renew professional skills. Grant applications are reviewed and approved by the Professional Development Committee. In order to maximize the number of employees receiving grants, the amount of the award is limited (it varies according to budget and workload). The State Education Code requires that all Professional Development-funded activities meet at least one of the criteria shown below.
There are currently no State or other funds for professional development. The Professional Development Office usually receives a small budget augmentation for mini-grants to assist faculty and classified staff with conference or workshop expenses. See the Faculty Mini-Grants for 2013-14 flyer or the Classified Staff Mini-Grants for 2013-14 flyer for directions and details.
Professional Development continues to provide speakers and workshops on campus using local experts throughout the academic year. See the CRC Calendar for current offerings.
Grant Applications: available on FORMS and REGISTRATION page.
Application Procedure: Return completed applications to the Professional Development Office (LLRC mezzanine) at least 3 weeks before the planned event. Applications may be submitted until all funds are allocated.
All grants must be PRE-APPROVED. THERE IS NO RETROACTIVE FUNDING. All projects must be completed by the end of the current academic year or defined deadline date (see application).
Grant Reimbursement Process: The Professional Development Office will not make travel arrangements, pre-pay registration fees, or pay for materials. The employee receiving the grant must pre-pay for his/her own travel arrangements (i.e. workshop fee, airfare, etc.) and retain all receipts. Submit these receipts, expense claim form (2 copies), a copy of your leave form, and the grant report within 30 days of the activity's completion to receive reimbursement.
- Submit a typed report summarizing your project/conference. Expense claims will not be processed without this report.
- Submit the ORIGINAL receipts for all items along with two (2) copies of your expense claim.
- Submit a copy of your Request for Leave (with division dean signature). If your conference / workshop occurred during non-work hours, you still need to fill out this form and get it signed. (It's a liability issue.)
- All forms and the report must be submitted within 30 days of the event. You will receive ONE email or phone reminder if it is late. Claims submitted after the date extension in the reminder will not be processed and the grant will be considered cancelled.
Definitions for the Nine Authorized Uses & Examples
Following are definitions and some examples of the nine authorized uses of Faculty and Staff Development funds as prescribed in Section 87153 of the Education Code.
- Improvement of teaching: activities designed to change instructional processes so that increased student learning is effected.
Examples: (a) Instructional development grants or fellowships awarded on a competitive basis that encourage instructors to build objectives, media, or measures that promote positive student outcomes. (b) Seminars in instructional leadership for instructional administrators.
Activities: Instructional Skills Workshops, Great Teachers Seminars, classroom-based research projects.
- Maintenance of current academic and technical knowledge and skills: activities that assist instructors in sustaining knowledge pertinent to their teaching specialties.
Examples: (a) Tuition reimbursement for university study (b) Workshops in skill development for laboratory assistants, paraprofessional aides, and other classified personnel.
Activities: Curriculum development, discipline-based activities.
- In-service training for vocational education and employment preparation programs: activities to facilitate curricular and instructional revisions in occupational education.
Examples: (a) Workshops conducted jointly for employers and occupational program staff members. (b) Faculty training at employer sites and on-campus workshop for community economic development.
Activities: Vocational Education, curriculum development, exchange programs between business/industry and the college.
- Retraining to meet changing institutional needs: activities that promote staff awareness of evolving clientele preferences and program possibilities.
Examples: (a) Training to assist classified staff members in understanding to accommodate students from different cultural backgrounds (b) Tuition reimbursements for courses to assist administrators in preparing for newly emerging needs.
Activities: Staff Development Training, Academic Senate, ISW Facilitator Training, Classroom-Based Research Training.
- Intersegmental exchange programs: activities that link staff members with their counterparts in secondary schools, universities and the Chancellor's Office.
Examples: (a) Staff exchanges that promote curriculum articulation between high school and college and between college and university. (b) Classified staff exchanges that assist in the development of compatible Admissions and Records systems.
Activities: Intersegmental Coordinating Council, any cluster activities and/or projects with shared activities among California State University, University of California, K-12 and the California Community Colleges.
- Development of innovations in instructional and administrative techniques and program effectiveness: activities designed to stimulate staff in assessing outcomes of courses and programs.
Examples: (a) Seminars to prepare employees to design student and program measures. (b) Sessions that demonstrate how computer systems can be designed so that users have more rapid access to pertinent information.
Activities: Shared governance activities, Educational Leadership Colloquia, Total Quality Management.
- Computer and technological proficiency program: activities to build staff usage of computers and other technologies.
Examples: (a) Training by computer and media staff members especially for employee needs. (b) Sessions that demonstrate how computer systems can be designed so that users have more rapid access to pertinent information.
Activities: Computer classes or workshops, interactive media workshops or seminars.
- Courses and training implementing affirmative action and upward mobility programs: activities that assist women and minority group staff members in changing their occupational status within the instruction.
Examples: (a) Reassigned time or grants to enable minority classified staff members to pursue training opportunities for upward mobility. (b) Tuition reimbursement for minority administrators to gain graduate credits.
Activities: The Leaders Program, Latina Leadership Network Conference, Asian-Pacific Americans in Higher Education Annual Conference, Black Women's Leadership Conference, Asilomar Woman's Leadership Skills Seminar, Classified Staff Career Development.
- Other activities determined to be related to educational and professional development pursuant to criteria established by the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, including but not necessarily limited to, programs designed to develop self-esteem: activities designed to assist staff members in gaining awareness of their own professional possibilities and potential.
Examples: (a) Funds for travel to conferences and professional meetings. (b) Training that assists classified staff members to become aware of their own potential for personal growth.
Activities: Workshops on professionalism, ethics, safety, CPR, wellness