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Meet our new Professional Development  (PD) Team: 

Jeanne Owens. PD Coordinator x2569 LARC 200E

Dr. Sally Raskoff, Faculty PD Coordinator x7256, LARC 200G


Professional Development Center (PDC)
Faculty/Staff Resource Center
LARC 200
(818) 947-2712


Drop-in hours: Mon.-Thurs. 7:30 am to 10 pm
Fri. 7:30 am to 3 pm

Staffed hours: Mon.-Thurs. 8:30 am to 4:30 pm 


Professional Development

Professional Development

Welcome to LAVC Professional Development

The mission of LAVC Professional Development is to promote effective teaching and enhance the professional skills of all employees by offering resources and opportunities for growth and learning.

Our Professional Development Center (PDC) is located in the Faculty/Staff Resource Center in the Library & Academic Resource Center (LARC), Room 200. 

The PDC has computers, scanners, Scantron machine, and laminator for staff and faculty use.

We also offer one-on-one tutorials for faculty and staff on computer use, Microsoft programs, or teaching strategies.

Check out our Twitter feed for updates and information on activities! 


    Thursday, February 6, 2020
    2:30 PM to 7:00 PM

    Friday, February 7, 2020
    9:00 AM to 3:30 PM

    Lunch included on Friday with RSVP

    Come to this professional development event focused solely on teaching to launch the Spring semester! This event starts with a Poster Session on promising practices, continues with multiple hands-on sessions, so that we will leave with practical strategies to implement in our classes.

    Click here to view the full Teach Fest Save the Date flyer.

  • Making Your Move: Understanding the Process of Building Your Career. Click here to view the full information about the upcoming events.

  • Call for applications for training in digital story telling from the Story Center. The deadline to apply for the three day workshop in January (14th-16th) is December 11th! The StoryCenter’s methods of group process and story creation serve as a reflective practice, a professional development tool, a pedagogical strategy, and as a vehicle for education. “Storytelling” skills are important for employees who make presentations to students, colleagues, and the community.  This workshop will instruct participants on the pedagogical applications of digital storytelling, with broader implications for interpersonal communication, team-building, and strengthening institutional culture. 

  • Call for proposals for Equity Funding. Please find the attached Request for Proposals (RFP) to fund events or conferences to help close the equity gaps. The RFP has a cover sheet with necessary information. This is the second round of the request for proposals for this academic year. The application is due no later than February 18, 2020.

    We will hold two informational/Q&A sessions regarding the intent and details of this funding and the application process. These will be held in LARC 200 on Thursday, February 6 from 11 AM to 12 PM and Wednesday, February 12 from 1-2 PM.

    Please take some time to read through the information and consider how you and your colleagues could help us all here at LAVC to address our students’ needs and close our equity gaps.

  • The VISION RESOURCE CENTER is now part of the single sign-on! It has online training and communities of interest. Faculty and staff use it to track their trainings, whether online, on campus or off campus. Come to an orientation session - see calendar and PD Blast email - and/or check out this User Guide

  • The Classified Staff Development Committee (CSDC) meets the second Friday of every month from 1:00 to 2:00. It meets in the Prof Dev Center which is located in LARC 200. This committee provides input and feedback for professional development activities on campus that relate to Classified Staff and all campus events. Representation from all areas on campus is important. All Classified Staff is welcome to attend and become a part of this committee. Click here for information on the upcoming committee meeting.

  • Check out the LAVC Faculty Handbook Web page.

  • We offer the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) test and practice tests/training. Contact us at ext. 2569 or 2712 to reserve a time slot.

  • Come to the PDC to pick up useful handouts to reproduce and use in your classes (study skills, avoiding plagiarism, reading strategies, and more) or download them from our "Syllabus and Teaching Tips" link. 

  • OER, IEC, PEPC, EPC, TIA, 3CSN... Are all the acronyms getting confusing? Check out this handy guide from Professor Oliphant: Acronym Guide. Thanks, Professor Oliphant!

  • Microsoft 365 has the Office suite available online. Also available are Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2019 and/or Office Home and Business 2019 software for $14.95 each. All LAVC faculty and staff are eligible to buy one of each for a personal computer and/or laptop. Order your copy now by visiting using Chrome or Firefox (not Internet Explorer). Enter your LAVC email address – an email will be sent to you. 

  • Incredible discounts on software for faculty, staff and students are available at CollegeBuys. Visit

  • Sidekick (Tools That Inspire) Resources from the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office (3C Media Solutions, @One, The Alternative Text Production Center, Distance Education Captioning and Transcription, CCC Confer, The High Tech Center Training Unit on the use of technology for students with disabilities).