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Policy Manual
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Policy Manual
Effective August 1, 2014
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Professional Staff Development
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Professional Staff Development (PSD)
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The total maximum amount for 2014-2015 Fiscal Year for approved professional growth activities, registration, related travel expenses, book/certification assistance and tuition is $4,000.00.
What is PSD?

Professional Staff Development exists to assist and prepare employees for positions of greater responsibility within the Maricopa County Community College District. It is important that skills be constantly refined in order to analyze, evaluate, reason, and make sound decisions. It is also important that employees have the opportunity to enhance achievement of long-range goals.

The goal of Professional Staff Development is to provide an incentive that will encourage the employee to maximize his/her scope of knowledge. Financial assistance may be given to eligible employees taking courses, course-required books, certification exams, or for attending an eligible activity,e.g., seminars, workshops, and conferences.

The employee must be a regular full-time Professional Staff (Classified) Governing Board approved employee for a minimum of one full year prior to the starting date of the course or activity.

1. Tuition Assistance
The course must be:

  • Career oriented, or required as part of a degree program,
  • Must be offered by a regionally accredited institution that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE), or
  • If the course is not from a regionally accredited institution, then it must be from an institution that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or both (PLEASE NOTE: courses from such institutions may not be transferable to regionally accredited institutions and degrees granted from these institutions do not count toward MCCCD PSA educational advancement steps/stipends), and
  • Must not be offered within the Maricopa County Community College District. Exception will be made to 100/200 level courses, if they are not offered within the Maricopa Community College District (MCCCD), or if they are nontransferable and required by the program to be taken at the respective College/University. Letter of explanation must be provided by the educational institution from where the class is being taken. PSA Policy: Effective August 1, 2014

2. Book Assistance

  • The book must be required by the eligible course.

3. Certification Exam Assistance

  • If the position requires a PS employee to obtain or maintain a certificate or certification, the cost of the certificate/ certification will be absorbed through the department/division/campus.
  • The certification exam must be approved by the PSD committee- see Approved Certifications lists (Non-Technology and Technical) on the Certifications Guidelines page: http://www.maricopa.edu/psa/pg/certifications.php.
    Note: If the desired certification is not on any of the approved lists, submit the Petition to Add Certificate form to the PSD committee.
  • Certifications pursued must be career oriented or job related.

4. Activity Assistance

  • The theme/topic of the activity (seminar/workshop/conference) must be job related, or prepare the employee for positions of greater responsibility within MCCCD. The activity must not be offered in a similar format and/or level seminar, workshop, or mini-course within MCCCD. Exceptions to this must include supporting justification for appeal, in writing.
  • Travel considerations will follow the established District Travel Policies.
  • Professional Staff Development funds can be used on domestic travel for eligible activities only. Funds may not be used for travel expenses associated with college courses or certification exams.

For more information refer to Staff Policy Manual 2014.

For additional information contact the PSD Committee | dl-psa-psd@memo.maricopa.edu

Applications and Guidelines

Please note NEW application DEADLINE:

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm of the last day of the month (regardless of weekend or holiday) in order to be reviewed in the following month. Example: Application submitted between October 1 and October 31 by 11:59pm will be reviewed in November.

Please read the new Guidelines for the Tuition & Activity (conference, workshop, training, seminar) before applying for funds.

Tuition Application Information and ProceduresMicrosoft Word DOC File Format

Professional Growth Book Application and Procedures NEW!

Activity Application Information and Procedures Microsoft Word DOC File Format

*Click here to access on-line application forms

Login information:
Use Internet Explorer Browser only
User name: MCCCD-ORG\MEID (use your MEID, not the word MEID)
Password: your e-mail/HRMS password

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    Activity Travel Resources:
  • Meals and Lodging Calculator excel icon
  • Per Diem Rates acrobat icon
  • Out-of-Country / Alaska, Hawaii Lodging and Meal Index:
    Select the COUNTRY/STATE from the drop down menu.
    Select the Exclude radio button next to the Military Installations
    Click Calculate
    Locate the travel destination and associated rates.
    Note: the Meals Per Diem rate is the Local Meals (LM) amount.  
    The breakdown for partial day Meal can be done using the following percentages:
    Breakfast 20%, Lunch 25%, Dinner 55%
    Example: ISLE OF HAWAII: OTHER LM=$103
    Breakfast             20%       $20.60
    Lunch                  25%        $25.75
    Dinner                 55%        $56.65

MCCCD Accounts Payable Travel Reference

PSD Committee Members

Chandler Gilbert | Max P. Yeamans (480) 732-7006 | Colette Nichols (480) 732-7334
District Office | Carmen Gonzales (480) 731-8574
Estrella Mountain | Marsha Carlen (623) 935-8479
Glendale | Brenda Nelson (623) 845-3150
Gateway | Cindy Cooper (Co-chair) (602) 286-8226
Mesa | Delia Vital (480) 461-7932
Phoenix | Mary Davison (Co-chair) (602) 223-4213
Paradise Valley | Ryan Martin (602) 787-7242
Rio Salado | Carmen Lira (480) 377-4207
Scottsdale | Martha Leesley (480) 423-6273
South Mountain | Bill Church (602) 305-5811
District Office | Angelica Mihailova (PG Coordinator) (480) 731-8308