Professional Staff Association (PSA)
PSA Mission Statement
Maricopa County Community College District Professional Staff Association is committed to providing a united voice for Professional Staff employees by encouraging professionalism, education, advancement, friendship, diversity and volunteerism.
Professional Staff Development (PSD) New Processing Instructions (Updated 07/15/2015)
The employee must be a regular full-time Professional Staff Governing Board approved employee for a minimum of one full year prior to the starting date of the course or activity.
The GCC PSA encourages employees to apply for Professional Staff Development (PSD), which can be used to assist and prepare them for positions of greater responsibility within the Maricopa Community College District (MCCCD). As both a learning institution and an employee group, we desire to promote the professional and academic goals of our employees in the hope that they will further refine and develop the skills necessary to foster student success.
PSD assists eligible employees with the opportunity to reach their long-term goals by providing an incentive (financial assistance) to maximize his/her scope of knowledge. Ways in which PSD funds can be utilized include tuition assistance for courses that lead to an approved degree/certificate program, course-required books and material, certification exams, or the attendance of an eligible activity (e.g., seminars, workshops, and conferences).
In brief, the total amount approved for professional growth in the 2014-2015 academic year is $4,000.00. We encourage you to apply early and to apply often. Additional details concerning PSD funds can be found at the MCCCD PSA webpage.
FMS – Tuition / Book / Exam Requests
Travel Authorizations (TA) are used to request tuition/book/exam reimbursements. TAs must be submitted and approved BEFORE the START DATE of the class/exam.
Apply for PG funds as soon as you decide on the class or exam you intend to take.
Be sure to allow at least 2 weeks before the start date to receive all of the appropriate approvals.
A separate application/request/TA is required for each class/exam. If requesting funds for a required book(s) for the class, it can be added to the tuition request on a separate expense line in the same TA.
To submit requests, go to the following path in FMS:
Main Menu > Employee Self-Service > Travel and Expenses > Travel Authorizations > Create/Modify > Add a New Value > Add
Please download the latest instructions on how to submit your application request.
Paid Education Leave (PEL) is another benefit that an eligible professional staff employee may submit for consideration. Its purpose is to provide employees with an opportunity to complete a Bachelor, Master, or Doctoral degree that relates to their job or career while being paid 100% of their salary. Eligible employees must be a regular full-time employee with a minimum of six years of service. The educational leave may be approved for up to one year, though not exceeding that time frame. The applicant is expected to provide evidence that college credits can be completed during the allotted leave time to complete the degree.
PEL applications must be submitted by the second Friday in April by 5:00 p.m. of the current academic year for a leave beginning in the following academic year.
The PEL Committee will review all applications and determine each applicant’s eligibility. Keep in mind that final approval will depend on funding availability.
Resource documents to download:
|Information and Guideline Document|
|PEL Application Form|
|Leave Authorization Agreement & Promissory Note|
If you have technical questions about how to download and complete these forms, please contact the Professional Growth Coordinator Angelica Mihailova, (480) 731-8308 or fax (480)-377-4898.
Employees who are interested in professional growth/technical training with administrative, management, and support opportunities can apply for Professional Staff Internship (PSI). Eligible employees (regular and full-time for three years) identify areas of interest and, if selected, will design a work plan under a mentor. An internship may vary in length but will not be more than 12 months in total. Employees under a PSI will receive 100% of their salary during the internship and assigned, upon completion, to their previous position or another position agreed on prior to the agreement.
Application Deadlines: PSI Applications must be submitted by the second Friday in April by 5:00 p.m. of the current academic year for the internship beginning in the following academic year. The PSI Committee will review all applications and determine each applicant’s eligibility. Keep in mind that final approval will depend on funding availability.
Resource documents to download:
|Information & Guidelines|
|Leave authorization agreement|
|Initial Progress Report|
|Intermediate Progress Report|
|Final Progress Report|
If you have technical questions regarding how to download or complete these forms, please contact your college PSI representative.