Whatcom Community College is pleased that you are considering applying for professional development funds. Our Professional Development Program is designed to contribute to the professional growth and development of Whatcom's faculty, classified and exempt/professional staff by providing educational opportunities through coursework, seminars, workshops, group activities and attendance at conferences.
College funds have been allocated for these purposes. The Professional Development Committee, comprised of representatives from all employment categories, is charged with reviewing individual requests for funds and recommending approval to the President for financial support as appropriate for professional development activities on and off site.
Who is eligible?
Adjunct faculty, classified and exempt staff. Full-time faculty should review the Formway Funds page for their professional development funding.
How often may I apply and will my application be considered if I received funding previously?
You may apply as often as you wish. To ensure that every eligible employee has an opportunity to benefit, the committee may consider previous funding allocations in their recommendation.
What can these PDC funds cover?
Funds can be used to help defray costs for many professional development activities including: conference/meeting/workshop registration fees, travel expenses (see travel section below), professional organizational membership fees/dues (can be funded provided membership includes substantial training during the membership period). Materials may also be funded when they are essential to a particular workshop or meeting (explanation to be noted on application).
How much funding can I request?
Although there is no maximum amount, the committee wants to ensure that every eligible employee has an opportunity to benefit from these funds. The committee encourages partnering with other funding sources whenever possible for larger requests.
When should I apply?
Apply early! For best consideration, applications should be submitted two months prior to the activity. Please note that the committee requires a minimum of two weeks for processing funding requests. Applications received after an event are not eligible for funding. Please make a copy of your application to keep for your records. Generally, no more than four employees will be funded to attend/participate in the same activity.
Where do I submit my application?
You may either submit your application through the campus mail to the attention of the Professional Development Committee, or email your application to PDC@whatcom.edu.
When will I know if my application has been approved?
The committee requires at least two weeks of processing time to review and forward funding recommendations to the College President. Funding notifications are typically emailed to applicant within three weeks of request being received.
How do I make travel arrangements?
PDC funding adheres to state-mandated restrictions for travel expenses. Due to the complexity of the rules and variable budgetary constraints, you may wish to consult with a division coordinator or your supervisor to confirm current limitations. Please refer to procedure 748 Travel on College Business. Travel forms are available online via the staff intranet.