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Training and Professional Development

Periodic training opportunities are provided to college faculty and staff on a variety of topics and at a variety of locations, on and off-campus. Contact the Human Resources Office for further information.

In addition, programs are frequently offered to supervisory and support staff through various programs and collective bargaining agreements. Further information regarding registration and current offerings are available from the various organizations:

» Division for Development Services

Governor's Office of Employee Relations, offering programs for supervisors and employees in CSEA, PEF and M/C bargaining units.

» Labor Education Action Program (LEAP)

Members of the CSEA bargaining unit are eligible to apply for a tuition voucher that may be used at a variety of New York state colleges and BOCES centers to take a credit or non-credit course. Based upon available funding, vouchers are awarded once each year. Guidelines and application forms are available from the Human Resources Office or on-line from CSEA.

» Clerical and Secretarial Advancement Program (CSEAP)

Dedicated to helping NYS clerical and secretarial employees reach their full potential, the program targets employees in the Administrative Services Unit (ASU) of CSEA. Eligible employees can use the general career mobility information and job-related training and development opportunities that CSEAP provides, to meet the challenges and demands of their current positions and future occupations.

Professional Development

Professional development is that continuing growth which enables a member of the professional staff to perform his or her duties more effectively. The professional growth includes the improvement of instructional effectiveness and technical skills, academic achievement, and university services.

It is the policy of SUNY Canton to encourage the continuing development of the professional staff. This policy shall be implemented by:

  • Recommendation for leave for professional development purposes whenever the services of the staff member can be spared;
  • approval of requests for travel reimbursement for professional purposes within budgetary limitations;
  • endorsement of grant applications and tuition waivers for course enrollment; and
  • encouragement of research and individual study and other methods traditionally employed by institutions of higher education for this purpose including periods of full-time employment outside the State University.
Professional Development and Quality of Work Life Grants

Through the combined efforts of the United University Professions (UUP) and NY State Labor Management Committees, funds routinely become available to individuals within the UUP bargaining unit for professional development activities. Individual grant applications are received periodically by a campus committee, reviewed for appropriateness, and sets priorities for annual funding. Funding is also available for campus-based proposals impacting a group of UUP employees. More information on PDQWL grants is available from the Human Resources Office or the President of the local UUP Chapter.

Canton College Foundation Grants for Professional Development

The Canton College Foundation provides funding for individual professional development activities based upon a process of competitive grants. Individuals are invited to submit specific proposals for funding consideration. Review is by a College Foundation committee. More information on professional development grants is available from the Human Resources Office or the Canton College Foundation.

SUNY Tuition Waiver Program

This program waives employee tuition expenses for career-related, credit coursework as determined by your supervisor, taken at SUNY institutions. Recreation, hobby or personal interest courses, whether or not required for a degree, are not eligible for tuition waiver. Partial tuition, and sometimes full tuition, is authorized subject to the availability of funds. Individuals are expected to provide their own books and course supplies.

Course Auditing

At no direct cost, employees may audit classes that are held on campus subject to the availability of space and at the discretion of the individual instructor. No grades or transcripts will be provided to those sitting in on classes. Individuals are expected to provide their own books and course supplies.

Article 46 Tuition Waiver Program

The current contractual agreement provides for tuition assistance on a "space available" basis. When space is available, UUP represented employees may enroll in a course on a tuition free basis at SUNY Canton, Potsdam College or any other unit of the State University. A one-course per term maximum is imposed. Individuals must provide their own books and course supplies are responsible for other course fees as required.

Associated Colleges Tuition Waiver Program

Registration for courses at other colleges within the Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley is permitted tuition free on a space available basis for full-time employees. The normal course maximum is two courses per academic year, but may be waived for an approved plan of study with the approval of the Academic Vice Presidents of SUNY Canton and the instructing institution. Credits earned in this manner are entered on a transcript by the instructing institution. Individuals must provide their own books and course supplies are responsible for other course fees as required.

Online Training

Interactive and online training opportunities are available to college faculty and staff on a variety of topics. No registration is required. Please choose from the topics noted below:

Human Resources
SUNY Canton
34 Cornell Drive
Canton, NY 13617

(315) 386-7325
Fax: (315) 386-7064