Professional Development
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:


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:

Alejandra Cerda
PDC Bookkeeper