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Funds are available for a variety of activities related to professional development and support for education from a variety of sources. Click on the links below to be directed to the detailed listings for each funding source. For more information regarding a specific program, use the contact information provided.

Bea Griffiths Professional Development Fund
Classified Senate Book Award
CTEA - Career Technical Education Act
Enrollment Fee Reimbursement Program
Faculty Fund for Advanced Studies
Fulbright Scholar Program
Lynda.Com Reimbursement Program
Shirley Davis/SEIU Professional Development Scholarship


SRJC Classified Senate
Bea Griffiths Professional Development
Fund

Purpose
Professional Development activities are activities which add knowledge and skills to an individual’s discipline, career, or vocation intended to improve performance on the job. These activities also provide a discipline revitalization of professional direction and focus.

Categories of Funding
Funding for the following categories may be requested.

  • Conference, seminar, workshop and training fees and related expenses
  • Tuition, fees, books and related expenses
  • Workshop or off-campus retreat costs

Attendance

  • Conference attendance should be supported by department budgets whenever possible.
  • Other funding sources should be explored and sought if possible.
  • The Committee may consider, when evaluating a proposal:
    • The participants’ willingness to offer a workshop based upon the proposal to the SRJC Community.
    • The number of participants requesting funding for a single event.
    • The number of times a group or individual has requested funding for the same event.

Funding

  • Due to the finite amount of money each year and the volume of requests, the Committee gives priority to first-time proposals before providing support to continuing projects.

Proposals must include:

  • An original and one copy of each form application and supporting documentation, i.e., brochure, registration form.
  • Proposals must include supporting signature by immediate supervisor, if during work hours
  • Travel request (if applicable)

All proposals are to be submitted to the Classified Senate mailbox in Bailey Hall on the Santa Rosa Campus. The Classified Senate sub-committee will approve applications.

Approval Criteria for Proposals
The Classified Senate sub-committee reviews all proposals, taking into consideration the following:

  1. Extent to which project fits department and/or institutional goals
  2. Appropriateness of request
  3. Extent to which objectives are tangible, achievable and measurable
  4. Extent to which the college community benefits
  5. Duration of expected benefits
  6. Reasonableness of budget
  7. Completeness of application
  8. Number of prior applications by department or individual and number of persons attending.
  9. Those willing to present a workshop related to the project to SRJC colleagues.

Priority will be given to:

  • Study which leads to expanded expertise in an individual’s field
  • Long term rather than short term benefits, including plan for dissemination of information/skills gained to clearly targeted groups.

The following steps will be observed in processing proposals:

  1. Committee will acknowledge receipt of proposal
  2. Applicant will be notified of decision in writing
  3. If a proposal is denied, a written response will be provided
  4. Appeals of committee decisions are made in writing to the committee

Bea Griffiths Professional Development Project Proposal Application.

SRJC CLassified Senate Book Award

Relatives of SRJC Classified Staff who attend SRJC in Spring 2010 can apply for funds to purchase books and other instructional materials by accessing an
award application at:
http://www.santarosa.edu/csenate/pdf/Book_Award_Application_09-10.pdf.

For more information about the “Classified Senate Book Award“ - which offers a $150 minimum award to applicants - contact the following members of the Selection Committee:
Cece Jones at 524-1534
Ann Swasey at 524-4572
Shannon O’Reilly at 524-1628

CTEA – Career Technical Education Act

What is CTEA?
In recent years, occupational and vocational programs or courses were often categorized as Vocational and Technical Education (VTEA), in following the Federal guidelines.  Currently, the preferred term is CTE (Career Technical Education).  Federal and state agencies have begun using the term Career Technical Education.  The agencies provide funding to support CTE through the Federal Carl D. Perkins Career Technical Education Act. 

In the past these Federal dollars were familiarly called VTEA funds; they are now known as Career Technical Education Act (CTEA) funds.  CTEA (VTEA) provides federal funding that is granted to states and then to community college districts. The funds are used to prepare students in Career Technical Education to be more competitive in the world economy. CTEA funds are designed to provide supplementary services or assist in the creation of new programs that students may need to succeed in career and technical careers.

These are “categorical” funds, much like those used by programs such as Disability Resources Department (DRD), Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS), Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA), and Matriculation. They are not general funds and have their own set of legislated guidelines and requirements. To guide planning and use of CTEA funds, the District submitted a required five-year Perkins Plan to the state funding agency in Spring 2008.

What does CTEA (VTEA) Fund?
Funds are designed to:

  • Improve or expand, not maintain programs or supplant District funds
  • Develop, implement, and improve Career Technical Education (CTE), not general education programs
  • Support programs, not isolated courses
  • Assist CTE programs that have an active advisory committee that meets at required intervals

Examples of funded activities:

  • Curriculum development activities (recent areas of emphasis include alternative fuels, emergency medical care, digital media, and hospitality)
  • Professional development activities, including industry internships and specialized training for instructors
  • Instructional equipment and material purchases for CTE programs
  • Professional development activities that support entrepreneurship education and training
  • Programs for special populations (e.g. students with disabilities; English language Learners; single parents; displaced homemakers; students in non-traditional careers such as women in automotive or men in nursing)
  • Job placement assistance, career guidance, and academic counseling for CTE students
  • Program marketing and outreach
  • Articulation/Tech Prep Activities; work with specific high school programs

What CTEA does not fund:

  • Non-occupational programs
  • Ongoing operational expenses (no supplanting)

Timeline

Each year, CTEA funds department and program projects. The tentative timeline for the annual open Request for Proposal (RFP) for these projects in 2011 – 2012 is:

March 21, 2011: RFP's for fiscal year 2011 – 2012 are released
April 22, 2011: RFP's due in CTE office
May 13, 2011 : Funded RFP's are announced

CTEA RFP documents and information is available.

For more information, contact Chuck Robbins, 527.4498, crobbins@santarosa.edu

Enrollment Fee ReimbursemenT Program

Purpose
To provide SRJC employees with an opportunity to improve skills and increase knowledge by enrolling in SRJC courses which are directly job related. Funding is limited and is only available for fall and spring semester courses.

Guidelines

  • Employees must apply for funding in advance and receive approval of funding prior to enrolling in SRJC courses.
  • Employee must be working at 50% or more to be eligible.
  • Employee may be reimbursed for enrollment fees up to three (3) units per semester required for the course.
  • Applications for reimbursement must receive approval by the employee's immediate supervisor and component administrator, and be submitted to the Resource Center at least two weeks prior to beginning of course.
  • Reimbursement is contingent upon course completion with a grade of C or better, or Pass in a Pass/No Pass course and funding availability.
  • Funds for this program are limited and will be administered by the Resource Center for Staff Development; they will be awarded to employees on a first come, first served basis.
  • Courses for which reimbursement is received from the College may not be used to qualify for Professional Growth Increments or salary advancement credit.

Procedures

  • Employee obtains application from the Resource Center or SRC Website.
  • Employee meets with immediate supervisor to establish appropriateness of course as related to the employee's job. Faculty members meet with the Department Chair in their area.
  • Complete application and obtain supervisor signature.
  • Application is submitted to the Resource Center for processing.
  • Application is forwarded to supervising administrator of Staff Development for review and approval.
  • Applicant receives copy of approved application and Payment Request Form before course begins. Approval does not guarantee reimbursement.
  • To receive reimbursement, employee must attach a copy of the grade transcript to the Payment Request Form.
  • Requests for reimbursement (Payment Request Form) must be completed and submitted to the Resource Center within one week after grades are posted to the web.  (No later than January 15 for fall semester reimbursements and June 15 for spring semester reimbursements.)

Enrollment Fee Reimbursement Application Form (PDF format, 24K)
Enrollment Fee Reimbursement Guidelines (PDF format, 23K)

For more information, contact the Resource Center for Staff Development at 527-4852.

Faculty Fund for advanced studies

FACULTY FUND FOR ADVANCED STUDIES
(In Association with the Santa Rosa Jr. College Foundation)
Announces
Applications are now being received for 2013-2014 Fellowships

GUIDELINES AND REVIEW PROCEDURE

Purpose
The purpose of the Faculty Fund for Advanced Studies is to provide financial support for projects of educational and instructional merit.  The awards may be used for educational purposes, including basic or applied research, advanced study or technical, vocational, cultural, and artistic pursuits which will serve to improve the faculty member's effectiveness as a professional person and instructor, counselor or librarian, at Santa Rosa Junior College.  Creative endeavors not covered by existing programs are encouraged, or the funds may supplement other conventional college budgets.

Eligibility
All full-time faculty who have been members of the Santa Rosa Junior College faculty for at least two years may apply.  New faculty who have been approved at the March meeting of the Board of Trustees for a third year contract will also qualify for application and award.

Level of Funding
The number and amounts of awards will vary from year to year depending on the size of the Fund and the number of applications.  The Foundation is requested to provide by the first week in February of each year, an indication of the fund's size and projected amounts available to be awarded.

PLEASE NOTE:  Any funds you receive from the fund are subject to income tax and you will receive a 1099-MISC from the SRJC Foundation for reporting this income.

Announcements and requests for applications will be made by the FFAS Committee in early May. Applications are submitted online, and completed applications must be received by 11:59 PM, Friday, April 11, 2014. When ready to enter your application, click on the link below: 

Click here to open the online application form

Each applicant is asked to provide the following information:

  • A general plan of the proposed project, including a summary of the project, and the proposed benefits expected from the project as they apply to the individual and the instructional program at Santa Rosa Junior College.
  • An itemized budget, including categories such as travel, supplies, and living expenses. If travel by automobile is planned, calculate costs based on the current per mile rate allowed for use for personal vehicle when District vehicle is unavailable. Funds requested from the Faculty Fund for Advanced Studies may not be applied to cover salaries or to purchase permanent equipment.

Review and Ranking Process

Proposals will be reviewed by the Faculty Fund for Advanced Studies Committee.  Recommendations for awards will be announced to the Academic Senate and forwarded to the Foundation by the committee.  While there is no limit to the number of times a faculty member may apply or to the number of awards a faculty member may receive, preference will be given to those individuals who have not received recent support through this fellowship program.

The Committee will rank proposals according to the following criteria:

  1. The application includes a clear general description of the proposed project, with adequate explanation of the use of fellowship funds to cover all or part of the expenses of the project.
  2. The project will enhance the faculty member's effectiveness as a professional person, instructor, counselor, or librarian in this District.
  3. The educational program at Santa Rosa Junior College will benefit from this project.
  4. The project will contribute to the profession, discipline, area or occupation in which it is carried out.

When projects are given equal rank according to the above criteria, preference will be given to the faculty member who has:

  1. Not previously had FFAS fellowship
  2. Not previously had a Sabbatical Leave
  3. Has no other source of traditional funding in the District

The Committee will not consider proposals turned in after the deadline of 11:59 pm on Friday, April 11, 2014.

FINAL REPORT
Typically projects are to be of short duration and extend no longer than one year.  Each recipient is required to provide a final report of the project's results and a final budget summary at the completion of the project.  Any unused funds will be returned to the fellowship fund.  Any recipient who does not submit a final report shall return all funds received.

SUBMITTING YOUR FINAL REPORT
Recipients are required to submit a final report of project activity.  Please click on the link below to submit your final report.

Click here to open the report submission form.

The Faculty Fund for Advanced Studies is an enterprise of the Santa Rosa Junior College Foundation.  The FFAS forwards announcements, deadlines, and the names of fellowship recipients to the SRJC Academic Senate for campus-wide distribution and relies on the Academic Senate for organizational support. 

fulbright scholar Program

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided almost 300,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

A detailed listing of all the Fulbright programs and awards, other eligibility requirements, and applications are available.

Lynda.com computer-based training
Fee reimbursement Program
(Pilot program for summer 2011)

Purpose of the Training
To provide SRJC employees with an opportunity to improve skills and increase knowledge by registering for Lynda.com Computer-based Training which is directly job related. Funding follows a reimbursement process and is only available with a pre-approved application including supervisor approval. Funding is limited and is offered on a trial-basis for Summer 2011.

Guidelines

  • This training is approved for release time and may be done at the employees workplace during paid work time. Employees and supervisors will work together to determine the best time for training based on the needs of the department and the employee’s work load.
  • Employees must apply for the reimbursement program in advance and receive approval of funding prior to beginning training with Lynda.com.
  • Employee must be working at 50% or more to be eligible.
  • Employee may be reimbursed for membership fees for one or two months of training.
  • Applications for reimbursement must receive approval by the employee's immediate supervisor, and be submitted to Staff Development in advance of beginning the training.
  • Reimbursement is contingent upon satisfactory completion of training based on supervisor and employee evaluation.
  • Funds for this program are limited and will be administered by the Staff Development Office; funds will be awarded to employees on a first come, first served basis.
  • Training for which reimbursement is received from the College may not be used to qualify for Professional Growth Increments or salary advancement credit.

Procedures

  • Employee obtains application from the Staff Development Office or SRC Website.
  • Employee meets with immediate supervisor to establish appropriateness of training as related to the employee's job. Faculty members meet with the Department Chair in their area.
  • Complete application and obtain supervisor approval.
  • Application is submitted to Staff Development for review and processing.
  • Applicant receives notification of approved application, evaluation forms, and the Payment Request Form to be used for reimbursement.
  • Employee registers for a Membership at www.lynda.com (Click on Subscribe) and pays with their own credit card. (Only non-premium training will be reimbursed; $25 for one month, up to a maximum of $50 for two months.) Employees may register for premium training, but will only be reimbursed for the standard training rates.
  • By registering for a Lynda.com membership, you will agree to be charged for a subscription to a monthly membership to lynda.com. You will be charged $25.00 initially (for standard membership; higher charge applies for premium membership), and will be automatically charged monthly for the regular fee of $25.00, starting a month later, until you cancel the subscription. You can cancel your membership from lynda.com when you log in to the service by going to the my account menu in the top right of your window and clicking on cancel membership. If you cancel within a billing cycle, your membership stays active until the end of the billing cycle, and you will not be billed for the following period.
  • It is the employee’s responsibility to cancel their Lynda.com membership in order to stop the billing cycle.
  • To be considered for reimbursement, the employee and supervisor must complete the post-training evaluation.
  • To receive reimbursement, the employee must submit the Payment Request Form with the Lynda.com registration receipt attached.
  • Requests for reimbursement (Payment Request Form) must be completed and submitted to Staff Development within 2 weeks of completing the training.
  • All Business Services deadlines are applicable.

Lynda.com Registration Reimbursement Application Form (Online PDF Form, 110K)
Lynda.com Guidelines (Printer Friendly, PDF Format, 92K)

For more information, contact Staff Development at 527-4852 or 522-2602.


Shirley davis professional development scholarship

Background
Shirley Davis worked as a Coordinator, Microcomputer Lab for many years and served on the Classified Executive Council as a Negotiator and activist for professional development. This scholarship was created upon her retirement to identify Sonoma County Junior College District Classified employees and give them the potential to progress in work-related skills. Individuals may submit a nomination on their own behalf or may be nominated by another colleague or supervising administrator who recognizes a need for training. Scholarship recipients will be notified of their selection by email.

Funding
The scholarship is funded through the SRJC Foundation by generous gifts of staff members who want to honor Shirley and pass on her goals to support professional development to the next working generation. You may choose to contribute either online or by sending a check payable to SRJC Foundation, 1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401.

You may also contribute using the Voluntary Payroll Deduction Form to make gifts through payroll deduction.

Award
The number and amounts of awards will vary from year to year depending on the size of the Fund and the number of applications. 

For 2011-12 the award is 1 @ $100.

Criteria

  • Regular, Classified staff member
  • Proposed activity will benefit current position
  • Preference given to union members

Examples of Funded Activities

  • Conference, seminar, workshop and training fees and related expenses
  • Tuition, fees, books and related expenses
  • Workshop or off-campus retreat costs
  • Equipment needed for current position

Application Available (click on the link to access an enterable form)
Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Application Deadline
Monday, December 5, 2011

Submit completed applications to SEIU.
For more information, contact
Hilleary Izard at 527-4903.

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