Professional Development Funds
Guide to available funding sources supporting
Professional Development for Faculty and ACLs at Housatonic Community
(Download PDF of brochure)
What types of funds are available?
Professional Development Funds, Waiver
of Tuition and Fees, Center for Teaching Funds, Technology
Training Program, Retraining Funds
How do I know which to apply for?
Each program is described below to help you determine the best source
of funding for your needs.
What is the application process?
Follow the steps for Professional Development
Funds. Other programs can be explained further by the Human Resources
How does reimbursement affect my taxable income?
In most cases the reimbursement you receive does not get factored
into your taxable income even though it is reported as part of your
gross income. Some exclusions may apply when being reimbursed for tuition.
Refer to Memorandum No. 2006-38 (available in the HR office) for details.
Professional Development Funds
Professional Development Funds are designated for activities that
enhance professional growth. The applicant selects the professional
development activity based on personal interests and applicability
of the training to the goals of the College.
Funds may be used to:
- Attend professional conferences, seminars, courses, graduate programs,
or participate in distance learning activities.
- Develop and participate in seminars and conferences at HCC.
Each year the Human Resources Department will announce the maximum
dollar amount that an individual may receive as reimbursement during
that academic year. This figure is based upon the funding received
by the College and recommendations made by the Professional Development
Committee. Proposals are reviewed and approved by the Academic Dean.
The applicant will be notified if proposal is not approved or more
information is needed.
Who may Apply
All full-time faculty and ACLs. Part-time employees should refer
to the Bargaining Unit Contract for eligibility.
Documentation and Deadlines
Professional Development Funds are allocated to HCC for use during
the academic year. As a State agency, HCC must comply with existing
policy on deadlines and adequate documentation. Please follow
the steps below to ensure the proper processing of your request:
- To reserve funds, complete a travel
authorization form (available in the HR Office or download here).
- Attach an official description of the program or product, including
dates of attendance, if applicable.
- Submit the proposal to the Academic Dean’s Office as soon
as you can. Funds will be encumbered in the order in which requests
are received and approved by the Dean. If your request is for an
event, your reimbursement will be processed upon completion of the
- To request reimbursement, complete an employee reimbursement form
and submit to the Academic Dean’s Office with proof of payment,
attendance and/or completion. Proof of payment must be in the form
of a cancelled check with the name of the vendor or a credit card
receipt. PLEASE DO NOT PAY WITH CASH.
- As reimbursements must be made by the end of the academic year,
you must complete and submit all paperwork by the annual deadline
provided by the HR Office. This will allow sufficient time to process
Additional Sources of Funding
Waiver of Tuition and Fees
All full-time Faculty & ACLs are eligible to receive a waiver
of tuition and fees for any credit course at any Connecticut Community
College (CCC) during the academic year. Waivers may be granted for
non-credit courses (CE) and extension credit course
offerings (summer and winter breaks) on a space-available basis at
the discretion of the CCC the employee (or employee’s spouse/dependent
child) elects to attend. Administration is in accordance with the
regulations outlined in Article XX1, Section 8 of the 4C’s
contract. Waiver forms may be attained through the HR Office or online. (forms available here)
Center for Teaching (CFT)
The Center for Teaching offers a wide range of free professional development
for educators, including on-campus workshops, speakers, and discussions,
off-campus retreats and seminars, a web site and the WebCT site for
the exchange of ideas and sharing of resources. The campus Teaching/Learning
Consultant is also available to faculty and teaching staff who seek
confidential assistance or need resources. In addition, Center for
Teaching may underwrite the cost of materials and/or speakers for shared-learning
experiences between classes or among faculty. For more information,
contact Steve Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org or
visit the CFT
Technology Training Program
This program is designed to enhance information technology (IT)
skills of faculty and ACLs, infuse technology into the teaching/learning
process and otherwise expand IT training opportunities. The details
of the Technology Training Program, as well as the procedures for
applying for the funds, may be obtained by contacting the HR Office,
A204 or you may download
the document here.
Retraining funds are available to principal bargaining unit members
(except EAs and PTLs) to support a planned educational program, which
will meet identified needs of the college and one or more of the following:
- Results in redirection of 4C’s members whose program areas
may be subject to reduction or elimination.
- Leads to professional competence in a different discipline or new
area of expertise that represents an area of identified need at the
- Enables the college to offer new courses to meet student demand,
especially where current faculty have not had recent formal training
necessary to teach the subject matter.
- Develops leadership skills in faculty and administrators, in order
to more effectively administer their programs/ departments.
To find out more about submitting a Retraining Proposal, please contact
the HR Office or you may
download the document here.
Forms are available in the Human Resources office, A204, or contact
Lydia Pizarro-Quesada, 203-332-5059, email@example.com
Housatonic Community College is an Affirmative
Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F.
Protected group members are encouraged to apply.