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TCC's Commitment to Professional Development for TCC Classified Staff

TCC’s leaders are strong believers in the development of the college’s faculty and staff through education and experience. Every spring before the fiscal year ends, Dr. DiCroce and the Executive Staff renew their commitment to TCC’s workforce by earmarking part of the college’s budget for the upcoming year to professional development support. The State of Virginia encourages development of its employees. Though the state’s budget is not expansive enough to finance all development requests of its employees, Virginia strongly encourages state agencies, like Virginia colleges, to include in their annual budgets funding to alleviate in part the financial burdens of professional development. Even in the face of budget constraints, the administration of TCC continues to exhibit faith in its workforce by refusing to spend that professional development money on other needs.

In order to provide financial support for the professional development of TCC’s faculty and staff, the President and Executive Staff set aside money from the college’s operating budget. As funds are distributed for conferences, course tuition, memberships and such, records are kept to determine whether or not the money set aside is sufficient to answer the needs for the year. Money remaining at the end of the year is returned to the operating budget to be used in meeting other college needs.

In Spring 2000, Dr. DiCroce charged the Classified Association with the task of developing a plan to coordinate college support for professional development of classified staff.  A plan was written stipulating provisions for tuition assistance, financial support for individual choices in professional development, cost-free opportunities, and the establishment of the Classified Professional Development Fund, an account administered by the classified to award additional funding to classified employees in need of further support.  The Classified Professional Development Plan was submitted to the President and Executive Staff and adopted effective July 1, 2001.

Classified Staff Professional Development Plan (pdf)

Classified Professional Development Fund Application Form (See the top of this page for the current form.  Please submit your completed form, keeping a copy for your files.)

For state and VCCS professional development policies, visit these websites:

CPDF Administrator: Leona Davis-Daniels, Workforce Solutions, Suffolk


What is Professional Development and Who is Eligible?

Professional development is exactly that: development on a professional level. Any activity that will benefit the state and the college through a more educated and experienced workforce is considered professional development.  All full-time classified employees are eligible to receive support for professional development activities.

Suggested Professional Development Activities:

  • Classified Professional Development Day
  • paid memberships in professional organizations in your field of work
  • conferences and workshops for job-related experience
  • credit and non-credit courses for job-related enhancement
  • pursuit of college degrees
  • other work-related activity, subject to approval

Personal Development: Even though the state of Virginia cannot afford financially to support its employees’ personal development at all (there simply is not enough money to allot for that), personal development is also encouraged. Excellent ways to broaden personal knowledge include traveling to interesting places, pursuing hobbies, taking courses for personal satisfaction, and joining groups with whom you have common interests.