Classified Professional Growth Program

Program Overview
The Professional Growth Program is designed to provide incentive to permanent classified employees, (including CAST members), to enhance and/or update their performance through continuing education and participation in professional organizations and Palomar College governance committees.

  • Employees must attend at least one Professional Growth Training Workshop before submitting a Professional Growth Plan for approval.
  • Professional Growth Plans must be job-related or part of a specific career plan.
  • Employees have three (3) years to complete a Professional Growth Plan.
  • Employees must earn twenty (20) points to complete a Professional Growth Plan; no more than ten (10) points can be earned in one semester.
  • Employees may earn points by taking courses that will improve their job performance and/or courses geared towards their educational goals. Every semester unit equals two (2) points. A minimum of twelve (12) points must be earned through classroom coursework.
  • Points may be earned for attending conferences, seminars, workshops, and/or governance committee membership.
  • Full-time employees may request release time to take up to four (4) hours of classes per week during work time if the class is directly related to the employee’s current job. Permanent employees on less than 100% contract will be eligible for a corresponding percentage of release time. Probationary employees and permanent employees not enrolled in a Professional Growth Plan may still be eligible for release time at the request of their departments. The Assistant Superintendent/Vice President, Human Resource Services, must approve all such requests.
  • Upon completion of a Professional Growth Plan, employees may select one of the following options:
    • An annual stipend of $500 in pro-rated monthly payments of $41.67. There is no waiting period between programs when employees elect the $500 annual stipend.
    • A one-time lump sum stipend of $2,000. Employees who elect the one-time $2,000 lump sum stipend must wait three years before beginning another program.

Professional Growth Forms
Forms may be filled out online, printed and submitted to Human Resource Services.

  1. Declaration of Intent
    Submit to start a new program; attach one copy of transcripts from all colleges attended, including Palomar. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
  2. Request For Approval or Change/Addition of Courses
    Submit to start a new program or to make changes/additions to an existing one. Be sure to fill out the 2nd page of this form, Course/Program Justification. Form must be completed and submitted for approval before points may be earned.
  3. Request For Release Time Job-Related Class
    Submit this form to request up to four (4) hours per week of paid release time from normal work hours to attend classes.
  4. Request To Take a Class During Work Time (Non-Release Time)
    Submit to request make-up time to attend classes offered during normal work hours.
  5. Request to Attend Training & Development Workshop
    Submit for approval prior to attending workshops offered through Palomar College Academic Technology Resource Center only.
  6. Certification of Attendance at Training & Development Workshop
    Submit after attending any Training & Development Workshop offered through the Palomar College Academic Technology Resource Center.
  7. Request for Approval or Change/Addition of Professional Association Service, Committee Membership, or Workshop/Seminar
    Submit for approval prior to attending any professional association, committee, or workshop/seminar, (excluding Palomar College Academic Technology Training & Development Workshops).
  8. Report of Workshop/Seminar (Meeting/Event)
    Submit after attending any seminar, workshop, meeting, or conference,(excluding Palomar College Academic Technology Training & Development Workshops).
  9. Notice of Completion
    Submit upon completion of program; transcripts showing course grades and appropriate backup paperwork pertaining to workshop, conference, committee, organization participation must be attached.

Professional Growth Program Deadlines
New Professional Growth Plans as well as revisions to Plans that are in progress must be submitted to Human Resource Services for approval by the Professional Growth Committee.

  • Spring 2015 deadline – December 1, 2014
  • Summer 2015 deadline – May 29, 2015
  • Fall 2015 deadline – July 31, 2015

For complete information and guidelines about the Professional Growth Program, please review Article 26 – Professional Growth in the current CCE/AFT contract.

For questions, please contact Jennie Vastola at x2531.