Classified Professional Development Application Processes

The Classified Professional Development Program provides opportunities for Classified Staff to attend work-related conferences, workshops, seminars or to complete college coursework.


Classified Professional Development funds are available to classified employees who have completed probationary status. The Cañada College Classified Professional Development Program supports the development of:

  • Job-related skills and knowledge
  • Knowledge and skills for professional advancement
  • Work, life, balance associated with job performance

Professional Development funds are allocated on a fiscal year basis (July 1 – June 30). Applicants may request up to $1,000 for conferences/workshops and up to $1,400 for tuition reimbursement per fiscal year. Due to limited funding, applications are approved on a first-come, first-serve basis. Funds must be requested in advance of the conference/workshop/tuition reimbursement opportunity in order to determine fund availability. The professional development amount awarded will be stated on the approved application form. Application status will be notified to the applicant by the Cañada College Business Office via email.

Conference/Workshop Application Process

 Please review the SMCCCD Travel Policy for more information on reimbursements: Domestic Travel Policy or International Travel Policy

Prior to the Conference/Workshop

Classified Staff may request up to $1,000 of conference/workshop reimbursement per fiscal year. Applicants should complete the following steps at least 30 days prior to the conference/workshop:

  • Complete the Cañada Classified Professional Development Application including supervisor's signature.
  • If requesting an Advance Check, complete the Conference Pre-approval / Advance Form form, including supervisor's signature. Please check the ‘ADVANCE CHECK REQUESTED’ box at the top of the form.
  • Submit the signed Professional Development Application form and Conference Pre-approval / Advance Form (if applicable), along with supporting documentation, such as conference agendas, registration fee, lodging cost, travel cost estimates, etc., to Cañada College Business Office at


Applications will be reviewed in accordance with the Classified Professional Development Application Process.

After the Conference/Workshop

Classified Staff approved for Conference/Workshop Reimbursement must complete the following steps within 30 days of attendance or completion of the conference/workshop:

Submit the Statement of Conference Expense form and supporting documentation (listed below) to the Cañada College Business Office at

  • Copy of the approved Professional Development Application form.
  • Copy of the Conference Pre-approval / Advance Form (if applicable).
  • Itemized original receipts of ALL payments requested for reimbursement for travel, lodging, meals, registration, etc..
  • Conference/workshop agenda.
  • Map indicating mileage (if applicable).

Cañada Tuition Application Process


Permanent employees who have completed their probationary period are eligible to receive up to $1,400 in tuition reimbursement per fiscal year (July 1 - June 30). Applications must also meet the following requirements:

  • Coursework must be related to professional development (work-related skills and knowledge) or growth (advancing role within the institution), or part of a college degree program.
  • Courses must be taken at an accredited institution.
  • Applicant must receive a minimum grade of C in the course(s) receiving reimbursement.
  • Reimbursement is for tuition only (fees, books, meals, mileage, and related expenses are not included).
  • Applicants participating in the District SMCCCD Pilot Tuition Reimbursement program are not eligible for Cañada Tuition Reimbursement for the same program.
  • Applicants are encouraged to discuss their long-term educational/professional development plans with supervisor(s).

Application Steps

Before Your Course(s) Begins

Applications will be reviewed in accordance with the Classified Professional Development Application Process.

After Completing Your Course(s)

Classified Staff approved for Tuition Reimbursement must complete the following steps within 30 days of course completion: