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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.

Fall 2016 Flex Week

Monday, August 15 - Friday, August 19

Convocation and department meetings will be on Wednesday, August 17. This is a mandatory Flex day for full-time faculty.  Convocation will be 9-11 a.m. Department Meetings are from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

We need your help to plan our Flex program. Do you have a great idea for a Flex activity? Would you like to recommend a speaker or a topic? Please complete a Fall Flex Proposal Form or contact Beth Patel at for more information. Forms are due Monday, May 9.


Spring 2016 Flex forms are due to HR by Friday, May 20

Spring 2016 Flex Form

Spring 2016 Flex Week Schedule

Monday, January 11 - Friday, January 15

Convocation and department meetings will be on Wednesday, January 13. This is a mandatory Flex day for full-time faculty.  Convocation is 9-11 a.m. in the James Dunn Theatre. Department Meetings are from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Spring 2016 Flex Calendar At-a-Glance - This handy one-page calendar gives you an overview of the week and includes the sessions, presenters, dates, and times. Updated 1/6/16

Spring 2016 Flex Descriptions - Open this for more in-depth information about Flex activities. Space in the art, Reading Apprenticeship, retirement planning, and techonology sessions is limited, so please RSVP where necessary. Updated 1/6/16

Spring 2016 Flex Form - Completed Flex forms are due to HR by Friday, May 20.


Fall 2015 Flex Week

Monday, August 10 - Friday, August 14

Convocation and department meetings will be on Wednesday, August 12. This is a mandatory Flex day for full-time faculty.

The first day of classes is Monday, August 17.

Fall 2015 Flex Calendar At-a-Glance - This handy one-page calendar gives you an overview of the week and includes the sessions, presenters, dates, and times.

Fall 2015 Flex Descriptions - Open this for more in-depth information about Flex activities. Space in the art and techonology sessions is limited, so please RSVP where necessary.

Flex Verification Form - Completed Flex forms are due to HR by Friday, Dec. 11.


Flex Guidelines and Faculty Flex Obligations

Workshop Proposals

Do you have an idea for a Professional Development activity? Contact Beth Patel at or complete the Flex Proposal Form (Word document) 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 and Resources

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

Online Professional Development Opportunities

COM Online Professional Development Modules.

Check out Kognito at to find training about at-risk students, LGBTQ issues, and veterans. You can create an account using the enrollment key: ccc4554.

Check out Sidekick at find a slate of on-line training opporunities provided by the Chancellor's office.

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

Fall 2014 Flex Week Videos
Faculty can earn Flex credit by watching these videos from convocation and presentations during Flex Week.

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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.
  • Place approved, signed form in the "Staff Development" mailbox in the Kentfield Campus Mailroom to request staff development funding for the activity.
  • Form will be submitted to the Office of Human Resources for approval of staff development funds.
  • If funding is available, the form will be approved by the Office of Human Resources and returned to the classified staff member along with a memo that will explain how to access funds or be reimbursed for approved expenses.

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Professional Development Conferences

On Course Workshop - Helping Colleges Improve Student Success and Retention

Strengthening Student Success Conference

@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

4C/SD, 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.

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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).

3CSN - California Community College Success Network. 3CSN organizes workshops and activities at various community colleges throughout the state.

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

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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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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

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