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At St. Lawrence College we value our employees professional development and encourage employees to become life-long learners. The External Professional Development (PD) Fund Policy provides College employees with support to attend a professional development event. These events prepare our staff to better serve the needs of our students, align with the strategic directions of the College, and assist employees in achieving their professional development goals. PD events include, but are not limited to: conferences; workshops; non-credit courses; online learning; and webinars.

Guiding Principles for this Policy

  • St. Lawrence College values employee professional development and encourages employees to become life-long learners.
  • The PD program must align with the College Strategic Directions, be consistent with the employee’s professional development plans and contribute to enhance student experience at St. Lawrence College.


Q: When will the new External PD Fund Policy be in place?

A: The new program guidelines become effective April 1, 2015 and applications for the new fiscal year may be submitted starting in March 2015. Applications may be submitted at any time, but review and approval or decline of applications occurs at the end of each month only.

Q: How much financial support is available towards external professional development events?

A: Employees may receive funding through the PD Fund once in a fiscal year (April 1 - March 31), up to a maximum of $1,000.

Q: What does the External PD Fund support cover?

A: The cost of the PD event registration fee, travel, accommodation and meals to a maximum of $1,000. Travel expenses will be reimbursed based on the College Travel Guidelines.

Q: How do I apply for External PD Fund support?

A: Application guidelines and fillable forms will be available on the College Intranet website. Employees will require their manager support for the time off work and approval of their requested professional development event.

St. Lawrence College employees are invited to review the full policy and application details under HR & OD on the College Intranet.