Professional development is described as a continuous process of acquiring new knowledge and skills that relate to one's profession, job responsibilities, or work environment. Ideally, it encompasses a wide variety of specialized training, formal education, or advanced professional learning opportunities intended to help administrators improve their professional knowledge, competence, skill, and effectiveness. Professional development and learning opportunities are offered in the workplace or through outside organizations, which include, but not limited to: credentials such as academic degrees, coursework, conferences, webinars, etc.
In an effort to support TCC administrators, professional development funds are available to assist with financial costs associated with attending and/or participating in such learning opportunities. Please see below for instructions on how to apply for Administrative Association Professional Development funds.
Professional Development Funds
The application deadline for Administrative Association Professional Development funds for spring and summer 2016 was Feb. 5. Watch for an announcement about the fall 2016 application deadline.
In addition to department and Provost discretionary funds, administrators have access to at least three funding sources, which are more fully explained below:
(1) Personal Professional Development Fund ["Individual Equity"]
(2) Tuition Reimbursement Fund
(3) Administrator Professional Development Fund.
Personal Professional Development Fund (PPDF) or "Individual Equity Account"
Every full-time administrator has access to a Personal Professional Development Fund of $225. Administrators do not need the approval of the Administrative Association to use these funds.
However, administrators MUST use their $225 PPDF before requesting funds from the Administrative Association.
If your planned activity costs more than what you have left in your individual equity, you may use your remaining PPDF as a partial payment and apply to the Administrative Association for the remainder.\
Administrators may not give this money to anyone else. If any of the $225 is not used, it will not be carried over to the next year.
AIS codes for Personal Professional Development Fund
Tuition Reimbursement Fund (TRF)
Every full-time employee is eligible to receive up to $500 in reimbursement for tuition. Although monies are awarded on a first-come-first-served basis, the TRF has never been fully exhausted. Administrators do not need the approval of the Administrative Association to use these funds.
However, administrators seeking tuition reimbursement MUST use their $225 PPDF and $500 TRF before requesting additional tuition reimbursement from the Administrative Association.
If your tuition costs more than what you have left in your Tuition Reimbursement Fund and PPDF, you may use your remaining TRF and PPDF as a partial payment and apply to the Administrative Association for the remainder.
If any of the $500 is not used, it will not be carried over to the next year.
To begin the process of accessing the TRF, submit the following:
(2) Completed HR 79 - Professional Development Plan (PDF on Inside TCC, login required.) This should be signed by the employee, supervisor, and Executive Staff/Provost. A new HR 79 is completed each academic year.
The AIS codes for the Tuition Reimbursement Fund are the same as the Personal Professional Development Fund (Individual Equity).
Administrator Professional Development Fund (APDF)
The Administrative Association strategically allocates a significant portion of its annual budget toward funding the individual training needs of its constituents.
The TCC Administrative Association's monies may be used for the following activities:
Administrators may be eligible to receive APDF monies after exhausting their annual individual equity and tuition reimbursement funds ($225 and $500, respectively). If these funds have not been exhausted, these amounts will be deducted from the total amount of requested funds.
Administrators may seek APDF monies by submitting the online Administrator Professional Development Funding Request Form during an open application period/window.
The Administrative Association currently has not established a maximum amount to be requested.
Priority in the dispersal of funds will be given to active members, those who have not received ADPF in previous years, and for activities that provide value-added benefits to the applicant, college, and/or profession.
The AIS code for the Administrator Professional Development Fund is: 10300-145019-00.
TheEmployee Training & Development section within TCC's Office of Human Resources provides professional development and continuous learning opportunities for all college employees, consultative services for departments and divisions, and coordination of employee training offered by other departments across the college.
Administrators can support their professional development needs through the vast array of programs and services offered through the Learning Resources Centers.
Many of the current resources are described on the Association's Leadership Library link, resources such as a LRC Subject Guide on Leadership, Leadership Bibliography at TCC, Professional Collections, and even a "Build Your Library Collection" which enables us to request materials that you need so they will be in the library when you need them.