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Professional Development Procedure - 63.07.08

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Howard Community College (HCC) encourages its faculty and staff to participate in employee development programs to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities that enhance job performance, instruction, productivity, and personal/career development. Opportunities may include, but are not limited to: workshops, college coursework, constituency meetings, conferences, department retreats, and materials available in the professional development media center. Supervisors are expected to arrange coverage so that employees may take advantage of these offerings. The staff development program is offered through the office of human resources and provides a wide range of development opportunities in a variety of formats from April 1 through March 31 each year (a period known as the professional development year) to coincide with the staff performance management cycle. Faculty development is offered through academic affairs and provides full- and part-time faculty the opportunity for extensive professional development and curriculum-related discussions during faculty development weeks in August, January, and May. Offerings from both staff and faculty development programs are open to all employees.

All employees, including temporary employees and adjunct faculty, are required to take certain online courses upon starting employment and each professional development year thereafter. Information about online required courses for new and ongoing employees can be found on the portal under professional development.

In addition to the mandated online training noted above, HCC recognizes that all jobs must have continued training and development and requires budgeted and temporary with benefits staff to complete a minimum number of training hours each professional development year based on the number of hours worked per week. New employees have prorated training hours based on the start date. See chart below:

Start Date

Full-Time Budgeted and
Temporary With Benefits Employees
(37.5–40 hours per week)

Part-Time Budgeted and
Temporary With Benefits Employees

April – June

10 hours

5 hours

July – September

8 hours

4 hours

October – December

5 hours

3 hours

January – March

3 hours

1 hour

Department heads are held accountable for ensuring that all of their employees complete required training according to the job category, including work-study and hourly/temporary employees. In addition, department heads must ensure that all budgeted and temporary with benefits employees, whether full-time or part-time, attend a minimum of two diversity programs each professional development year.

College-sponsored individual or institutional memberships in professional organizations must be authorized according to normal budget approval processes.

The professional development team was formed to examine long-range organizational and employee development issues including required and refresher training. The team consists of members from all constituency groups, as well as a student representative.

For questions, referrals, or to make topic suggestions, contact:

  • Human resources for staff development;
  • Academic affairs for faculty development; or
  • The diversity committee for diversity programs.

In addition to the in-service opportunities available, budgeted and temporary with benefits employees can also take advantage of tuition waiver and tuition reimbursement to enhance professional development; part-time faculty also have limited tuition reimbursement benefits. These benefits are described in procedures under policy 63.07, Benefits.

Effective Date: 04/12/19

President's Office Use:  VPAF/VPAA

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