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Faculty Resources: 7. Professional Development / PD Reporter / Flexible Calendar


7. Professional Development / PD Reporter / Flexible Calendar


7.1. New Faculty Learning Academy

All new faculty are expected to attend during the Fall semester.

All newly hired full-time faculty are required to participate in the New Faculty Learning Academy held during the fall semester on the first Friday of the month (September-December) from 12:30-2:30 pm.

ECC - Article VIII, Section 22 New Faculty Learning Academy



7.2. Flexible Calendar Program

The Flexible Calendar Program was established in the early 1980s (Assembly Bill 1149) to allow California Community Colleges to replace up to 15 days of instruction with professional development activities. El Camino College has 4, six-hours days set aside from the 175 days of instruction for professional development activities. 

ECC – Article VIII, Section 21 - Flex Time Credit



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7.3. Flex Guidelines

The Flex guidelines are presented in a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) format for El Camino College faculty.

Flex FAQs



7.4. Cornerstone

Cornerstone is the program used at El Camino College for tracking faculty Flex hours, registering for on-campus activities and submitting Individual Activity Proposals and Conferences/Off-Campus Workshops/Other Activities.

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7.5. Professional Development Training

Professional development programs and technology training are offered throughout the year for all employees.

Programs & Training



7.6. Professional Meetings and Conferences

Professional Meetings and Conferences

Faculty members are encouraged to attend professional meetings and conferences.

The major sources of funding for conference and workshop attendance are listed below:

  • Division funds - 80% of the District's faculty conference and travel funds is allocated to the divisions. The division conference committee has the primary responsibility for the distribution of these funds. (Article 16, Sections 2 & 3, of the Agreement)

  • Campus-wide funds are allocated through the Vice President of Academic Affairs Office and the College Conference Committee (CCC) (Article 16, Section 5, of the Agreement). Additional funding is available for conferences addressing technology, diversity, or retention. Complete procedures for requesting conference funds may be obtained by contacting the Vice President of Academic Affairs Office.

Process for Applying for Funds

Complete the top area of the Travel and Reimbursement Request Form (your division office has the form). Submit (at least 1 month prior to conference date) the form along with a copy of the conference announcement to your division office for review and possible funding. The division office will forward the request to the College Conference Committee for review and possible funding.

The original Travel and Reimbursement form will be returned to you indicating the total funding received. After the conference (no later than 2 weeks), complete the middle section of the Travel and Reimbursement form with signature and date. Submit the form to your division office for completion and signature by the administrator. The division office will forward the completed form to the College Committee for account codes and signatures. Please allow ten (10) working days for reimbursement.

A Conference Attendance Final Report must be submitted with the reimbursement request.

Adjunct faculty members should check with their division office regarding funding availability.

Article XVI - Professional Meetings and Conferences



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