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Professional Development

The goal of College of Marin's professional development program is to provide employees with resources, training and opportunities that support their professional development needs; to create a positive and supportive working environment that recognizes and celebrates achievement; and to improve institutional effectiveness with the ultimate goal of supporting student success. The Professional Development Committee is the participatory governance group that oversees professional development planning.


Professional Development & Flex Activities

Online Professional Development Training Modules & Archived Webinars
Access online professional development modules and Webinar recordings that can be used by employees to complete training and fulfill Flex hours. Click: COM Online Professional Development Modules

Workshop Proposals
Complete the Flex/Staff Development Workshop Proposal Form to submit your request to present a workshop or propose an outside presenter. Your proposal will be reviewed by the Professional Development Committee.

Professional Development Workshops & Resources

On Campus Workshops:
On-campus instructor-led workshops are posted on the Professional Development Activities Calendar.

Online Professional Development Opportunities
A variety of online professional development modules that can be used by employees to access training or complete Flex hours are posted here: COM Online Professional Development Modules.

New Full-time Faculty Academy: New Full-time Faculty Academy Web Page

Boots to Books: Supporting Veteran Students' Success Workshop:
Boots to Books: Supporting Veteran Students' Success 8/20/12 Flex Workshop PowerPoint by Catherine Morris and Jay Blake of Sierra College.


Flexible (Flex) Calendar Program

The Flexible Calendar program allows College of Marin to take days out of the required 175 annual teaching days and devote them to professional development activities for credit faculty in lieu of teaching. There is a Mandatory Flex day scheduled each semester that includes College Convocation in the morning and Academic Department Meetings in the afternoon.  Convocation and Department meetings are mandatory Flex activities for full-time faculty. All employees are encouraged to attend College Convocation. If Independent Flex Days are scheduled, faculty may elect to attend workshops or perform individual activities on those days or during the semester. There are no Independent Flex Days scheduled in 2013-2014.

Flex activities are open to all faculty and staff. Some activities may require registration. If so, registration instructions are noted on the workshop schedule.

Note: Days converted to staff development use must be accounted for to the state. Faculty must identify how they met their Flex obligation each semester by submitting a "Flex Activities Verification Form" to Human Resources by the last day of each semester. Click on the appropriate link below to download the current Flex Verification Form.

2013-2014 Professional Development/Flex Days

Note: There are no Independent Flex Days in 2013-2014
Time and location updates for Convocation will be posted on the Professional Development Activities Calendar.

  • Fall 2013
    Mandatory Flex Day: Friday, August 16
    9:00-11:00 a.m. Fall College Convocation, James Dunn Theater, Performing Arts Building
    1:30-3:30 p.m. Department Meetings (Check Department Chair for location.)
    Note: Convocation and Department meetings are Mandatory Flex activities for full-time faculty.

  • Spring 2014
    Mandatory Flex Day: Friday, January 10
    Morning: Spring College Convocation (Time and location TBD)
    1:30-3:30 p.m. Department Meetings (Check Department Chair for location.)
    Note: Convocation and Department meetings are Mandatory Flex activities for full-time faculty.

Note: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in Flex activities, including auxiliary aids or services, please contact the Human Resources Department at 485-9340.  Notification at least 3 weeks prior to the activity will enable us to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility to the workshop. An ASL interpreter will be provided for College Convocations.

Flex Guidelines
Check the Flex Guidelines for information about how to fulfill your Flex hours, how to document your hours, forms to be submitted etc.

2013-2014 Flex Guidelines

Flex Hours of Obligation Formula

How to Calculate Your Flex Hours of Obligation:
The number of Flex hours due is directly related to the number of teaching units a faculty member has and the number of Flex days in the designated semester.

Flex Verification Forms

All faculty must submit a Flex Verification Form to Human Resources by the last day of finals week each semester documenting how they completed their Flex hours of obligation.

2013-2014 Academic Year:
Fall 2013 Flex Verification Form
The Fall 2013 Flex Verification Form is due in Human Resources the last day of finals, Friday, December 20, 2013.

Spring 2014 Flex Verification Form
The Spring 2014 Flex Verification Form is due in Human Resources the last day of finals, Friday, May 23, 2014.

2012-2013 Academic Year:
Spring 2013 Flex Verification Form
The Spring Flex Verification Form was due in Human Resources the last day of finals, Thursday, May 23, 2013.

Previous Flex Workshop Programs:

Spring 2013 Flex Workshop Program
Fall 2012 Flex Workshop Program
Spring 2012 Flex Workshop Program
Fall 2011 Flex Workshop Program
Spring 2011 Flex Workshop Program
Fall 2010 Flex Workshop Program
Spring 2010 Flex Workshop Program
Fall 2009 Flex Workshop Program

Professional Development: Conferences, Training & Travel Requests


Funding for faculty to attend conferences and other professional development activities is available through the UPM/District Professional Affairs Committee (PAC). Information about how to request PAC funds is posted in the online faculty handbook on the PAC Information Page.

Classified Staff

A limited amount of funding is available through the Staff Development Office for job-related training and professional development activities for classified staff. Funds are distributed during the fiscal year on a first-come, first-served basis. In general, funding is not available for activities that are more than $500. However, Staff Development funds may be combined with other department or institutional funds to cover training, conferences or other professional development activities approved by the classified staff member's supervisor or manager.

To request funds:

  • Download and complete a Request for Classified Staff Development Funds Form detailing the activity, the job-related benefit and the amount of money requested. (Note, funding is generally not available through the Staff Development Office for more than $500.)
  • Submit form to your supervisor or manager for approval to attend the activity.
  • Submit signed form to Staff Development Office (LC 65 or Staff Development Mailbox in the Kentfield Campus Mailroom) to request staff development funding for the activity.
  • Form will be submitted to the Director of Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness for approval of staff development funds.
  • If funding is available, the form will be approved by the Director of PRIE and returned to the classified staff member along with a memo that will explain how to access funds or be reimbursed for approved expenses.

Professional Development Conferences

@One Technology Training and Resources for California Community College Faculty and Staff

CAPED: Mission Possible: Universal Design
California Association of Post Secondary Education and Disability Annual Conference Information

Communty College League of California (CCLC) Annual Conference

League for Innovation in the Community Colleges Conference & League Information

4CSD, California Community College Council for Staff & Organizational Development
4C/SD provides training, resources and support to those involved in professional development in California's community colleges.


Teaching & Learning Resources for COM Faculty & Staff

The resources in this section are available to College of Marin faculty and staff through the California Educational Technology Collaborative (CETC), (sponsored by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office) and the Staff Development Office. CETC is a statewide grant funded project designed to offer faculty and staff technology services, tools and support. You will find an array of teaching and learning resources listed below designed to support both your professional development and student success. Most are free to administrators, faculty and staff of the California Community Colleges (CCC).

E-Conferencing Site for COM Faculty & Staff
Free e-conferencing tool for California Community Colleges employees. Use it to conduct meetings, confer with students, make free conference calls and more. All you need is an internet connection and a phone. Free training is provided at the Sponsored by CETC.

Technology Training
@One Technology Training and Resources
@ONE makes it easy for California Community College faculty and staff to learn how to use technology to enhance student learning and success. Programs provide training, online resources and support for free - or at a very low cost. Training is developed by outstanding peers in technology and education, providing the best quality content that is based on true life experiences of California Community College faculty and staff.

Programs are structured to fit busy faculty and staff schedules. They include Desktop Seminars, Instructor-led Online Courses, Self-Paced Online courses, Hands-On Institutes and other online resources. Sponsored by CETC.

Educational Television and Satellite Services
3C Media Solutions
Educational television, live instruction, satellite conferencing & streaming media storage. Sponsored by CETC.

Free CCC System Technology Newsletter
TechEDge Newsletter

Free technology newsletter published quarterly to provide timely and relevant news about telecommunications and technology in California's 110 community colleges. Sponsored by CETC.

Microsoft Software for COM Faculty and Staff
Microsoft Software for Faculty and Staff

Low cost Microsoft Office software and MS Operating System software (XP, Windows 7 etc.) are available via our Microsoft License and the Foundation for California Community Colleges. Go to the and follow the links for faculty and staff.

Online Teaching & Learning Modules - Professional Development Site for COM Faculty is an online professional development network of resources and learning modules that was designed specifically for the needs of community college faculty. Whether you are a veteran instructor or just beginning to teach, is a place where you can find tools and resources to support and enhance your teaching. The more than 200 contributors to the site hope what you learn will help you reach your students more effectively and enhance their learning experience. Faculty may complete modules on this site to fulfill Flex hours.

Although the project is no longer funded, teaching and learning modules continue to be available online. College of Marin faculty, staff and administrators may access the site by following the prompts to create a personalized account at


MyCOM and Banner

MyCOM Portal

Faculty use the MyCOM portal to access class rosters and post grades or positive attendance hours. Faculty can also access a Moodle course shell for each class they teach that enables them to post materials online and use other powerful features to enhance face-to-face classes as well as create online and hybrid courses. Classified Professionals use the MyCOM portal to update personal information and complete online Leave (Absence) Reports. A link to the MyCOM portal can also be found under the Faculty and Staff tab on the College Homepage.

MyCOM Login

To access MyCOM portal, click on the Logon to MyCOM link on the College Homepage. When new faculty or staff are hired, their names are entered into the Banner system by Human Resources. This generates a "Welcome Letter" sent to their home address that includes the initial login information. When employees login to the portal the first time they will be asked to create a new private login and password. Those that need login information should contact I.T. You may leave a message at 457-8811 ext. 8888.

MyCOM Training Tutorials

  • The "MyCOM Quick Guide" is designed to be used as a self-paced tutorial that provides the login procedure as well as easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions for viewing rosters and posting grades or positive attendance hours.

  • Use this handy guide to set up your MyCOM email to forward to the email address of your choice: Forwarding MyCOM Email

Fiscal Services Module

The Banner system is used to create and approve Requisitions/Purchase Orders and Budget Transfers and to query your budget accounts. The "Self Service Banner Finance" manual is posted on the Intranet in the "Manuals" folder. (You will need your network login and password to access the College Intranet.)


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