Career Development Fund


Am I eligible?

In order to be eligible to receive the career development funds, you must be a full member of the Lewis & Clark College Support Staff Association. The funds are not available to temporary employees or fair share members.

What can the funds be used for?

The fund is available for:

Job skill related conferences, workshops, training sessions, course work, seminars and travel-related expenses that enhance the employee’s knowledge base (but not required to maintain position with the college) and facilitate professional growth in any potential position the employee aspires to attain at the college. Bargaining Unit Members may also apply for funds to attend college or university courses where such courses are directly related to the employee’s current work assignment or to a position to which the employee could reasonably expect to be promoted.

(LCCSSA Collective Bargaining Agreement, 18.1 & 18.2)

How much can I apply for?

Each grant is worth up to an individual’s annual maximum of $1000 and is allocated on a first come, first serve basis. A total of $16,000 is available for career development each fiscal year, with the goal of providing the maximum benefit to the maximum number of people. Employees are allowed to apply for an additional grant up to the maximum, if money is still remaining in the fund during the fiscal year. Members will be notified after the first of the new calendar year of potential additional grant money still available.

How do I apply?

  1. Complete the online application form in full.

  2. Provide proof of completion (*required for reimbursement*)

What happens to my application?

On a monthly basis, the Career Development Committee, (consisting of two representative from both the College and the Association) will review the application and course description to determine if the request falls within the guidelines outlined above. If approved, the employee will be issued a reimbursement check. If rejected, you have the opportunity to appeal in writing within 30 days of the decision.

Contact Tyler Bearden if you have questions: