Professional development funding
The Professional Development Committee (PDC) is responsible for reviewing and making advisory recommendations to the President on individual requests for professional development funding. Per Article 25 of the PFT contract, the District shall allocate $120,000 annually for faculty professional development activities. Merritt’s portion of this allocation, based on the number of full-time equivalent faculty, is $24,000. These funds may be used to pay for membership dues and conference registration fees, as well as lodging, meal, and travel expenses incurred to attend a conference. Discretionary funds are also available for classified professional development activities.
How to Apply for Funding
To be considered for professional development funding, you must submit an application to the PDC. Funding for in-state travel should be requested at least 30 business days prior to the desired date of review. Funding for out-of-state travel should be requested 4-6 weeks in advance, as Board Policy 7400 requires that out-of-state travel be pre-approved by the Board of Trustees. No funding requests shall be approved retroactively.
The PDC is scheduled to meet to review funding requests on the meeting dates.
The following items should be submitted to Alejandra Cerda, PDC Bookkeeper and cced to PDC co-chairs:
- Individual application for Professional Development Funding (individual training or PD requests)
- Conference announcement with registration fees and related expenses
- Check if your conference or training destination is restricted by the California law AB1887 before submitting your application. See list of banned states and details.
- If the request is for PDC to organize a group or college-wide training during Flex or other days please fill out this Group workshop or training request form for PDC approval and coordination.
Once the funding request has been approved by the PDC, Ms. Cerda will contact the applicant to complete a PCCD Travel Request for the Chancellor’s approval and will provide assistance with the rest of the process. Her contact information follows: