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Professional Development

Professional Development


Welcome to LAVC Professional Development

Our mission: To promote effective teaching and enhance the professional skills of all employees by offering resources and opportunities for growth and learning


The Professional Development Center (PDC) is located in the Faculty/Staff Resource Center, Room 200, LARC
(818) 947-2712 or email us at


Drop-in hours: Mon.-Thurs. 7:30 am to 10 pm, Fri. 7:30 am to 3 pm
Use our computers, scanners, Scantron machine, and laminator

Staffed hours: Mon.-Thurs. 8:30 am to 4:30 pm until July 1. 

  • Request a one-on-one tutorial on computer use, Microsoft programs, or teaching strategies
  • Pick up useful handouts on teaching strategies, check out training videos, laser pointers, flip cameras, books, and other materials; see our shelf of free books for faculty


Get the Job Workshop presentation -- click here for PowerPoint

Click here for the Faculty Handbook!

Free Resources for Faculty 
Manage your grades with Gradekeeper!
Access, upload, and store high-quality educational videos to show in your classes!

Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2016 and/or Office Home and Business 2016 for Mac software for $9.95 each. All LAVC faculty and staff are eligible to buy one of each for a personal computer and/or laptop.  Go to using Chrome or Firefox (not Internet Explorer). Enter your LAVC email address – an email will be sent to you. 

CollegeBuys -- incredible discounts on software for faculty, staff, and students. 

The California Community Colleges Professional Learning Network is up and running! It’s a comprehensive Professional Development site to access effective teaching practices, video training sessions, and other resources. You can also search for events and conferences of interest to educators. All California Community College employees (faculty, staff, and administrators) are eligible to access its library of training videos from Grovo and You can keep track of the ones you’ve taken on a personalized “MyPD Plan” page so you have a record you can use for flex credit. All you need to do is register: 

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).

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 "Teaching Resources" link.

Check out laser pointers, flip cameras, books, and DVDs in our teaching resource library. Click here to see the DVDs available

Professional Development 
818 947-2712