Educational and Professional Development Leave

Overview

The purpose of Education and Professional Development Leave is to provide learning opportunities for eligible non-instructional exempt and non-exempt staff employees and administrators to enhance the individual's future contributions to Valencia College. The Education and Professional Development Leave will provide an opportunity to acquire additional knowledge and competency in their respective fields to support the mission of the college.

Education and Professional Development Leave is not to be understood as deferred compensation or automatically approved.

Education and Professional Development Leave may be granted, upon application and approval, based upon established criteria for training and professional opportunities.

Opportunities for additional training, for improving skills and for staying current in the field are understood to be included as a purpose of Education and Professional Development Leave.


Leave Policy

Please review the  Education and Professional Development Leave Policy before completing and submitting a Education and Professional Development Leave Application.

Who can apply?

Full-time exempt and non-exempt staff and administrators with at least five years of continuous full time qualifying Valencia service and not in the Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP) are eligible for Education and Professional Development Leave. Eligible employees may apply for Education and Professional Development Leave upon completion of four years of continuous qualifying service but must complete five years of continuous qualifying service before the Education and Professional Development Leave can commence.

 

Application and Selection

  • Applicants must have a conversation with their supervisor and obtain verbal approval prior to submitting the application form.  Download a PDF of the application form to use as a guide for the conversation with your supervisor.
  • The supervisor is required to provide a plan for replacing the applicant's work schedule. The document will be required on the application form.
  • The supervisor is required to provide a plan for replacing the applicant's work schedule. The documentation will be required on the application form.
  • The application form must be completed online by the applicant by the deadline.
  • Once the application is submitted, the supervisor and Vice President/Campus President will receive an electronic approval form.
  • Organizational Development and Human Resources will check eligibility and will notify applicants and supervisors if there are any issues with the applicant's eligibility.
  • All applications and plans are sent to the Education and Professional Development Leave selection committee chair and to all selection committee members.
  • The committee will evaluate and make recommendations to the College President. All applicants granted their Education and Professional Development Leave will be notified by the Vice President/Campus President.

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Selection Committee

The Education and Professional Development Leave Committee is composed of eight members: six staff members and two administrators and the Assistant Vice President of Organizational Development and Inclusion, who will serve as chair. The Valencia Staff Association will be asked to nominate staff representatives. The President will appoint the administrators.

If you are interested in serving as a member of the annually appointed Education and Professional Development Leave Committee, please look for communication from the Valencia Staff Association Team.