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Professional Development

Professional Development

Cuyamaca College has designated five days preceding the Fall and Spring semesters as flex days. These two Professional Development Weeks include many learning opportunities and are the major vehicle for faculty participation in Professional Development activities. See Scheduled Events for details. Faculty are encouraged to present.

Faculty are required to complete flex hours. These are pre-paid hours, and forms must be submitted on time or pay will be docked. See Procedures and Requirements for details.

Faculty can also earn flex credit by completing Individual Activities.

You may check the status of your hours by logging in to Blackboard. We send reminders to your WebAdvisor email address when we don't get paperwork, but it is your responsibility to confirm your hours. (Do you need instructions on how to change your WebAdvisor email address?)

The Professional Development Committee sometimes has limited funds to support Professional Development activities (training, conferences, workshops, etc.).


The underlying philosophy of the Professional Development Program at Cuyamaca College is lifelong education. We believe that adults learn best when education is relevant, participatory and applied. We adhere to the principle that we are all "lifelong learners." The college vision, values and goals, and specific policies and procedures provide the overall guidelines and direction for Professional Development, but there is room for individual flexibility. You are the expert regarding your own Professional Development needs, and your active participation in the planning and implementation of Professional Development is important.

State Guidelines

The purpose of professional development is to educate and improve the entire staff. AB1725 funds Professional Development activities in California community colleges. The Flexible (Flex) Calendar allows community colleges to set aside 1-15 days of the state-mandated teaching year (175 days) for Professional Development purposes. This time is to be used primarily by faculty for Professional Development activities related to staff, student and instructional improvement (Title 5, section 55720).

Authorized Uses Of Professional Development Funds

The authorized uses of Professional Development funds as outlined in AB1725 by the State Chancellor's Office are:

  • Improvement of teaching.
  • Maintenance of current academic and technical knowledge and skills.
  • In-service training for vocational education and employment preparation programs.
  • Retraining to meet changing institutional needs.
  • Intersegmental exchange programs.
  • Development of innovations in instructional and administrative techniques and program effectiveness.
  • Computer and technological proficiency programs.
  • Courses and training which implement affirmative action and upward mobility.
  • Other activities determined by the Board of Governors to be related to educational and professional development pursuant to criteria established by the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges.
Last Updated: 06/29/2016
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