Opportunity knocks for staff

By Kathleen Phillips Satz, Office of Human Resources

15 August 2002 | The pilot Career Development Opportunity Program, launched on Aug. 1, enables non-academic campus employees to explore new careers or grow in their current ones. By funding UC Berkeley Extension programs, college and university courses, workshops, and programs not offered by the campus, the program opens new doors for staff.

The key to the new program is that staff choose the program they want to attend; the funds are available for them to pursue education and enrichment opportunities geared to future career paths in the UC system, rather than the skills and knowledge required for their current jobs.

All nonacademic staff except Senior Management Group and per-diem employees are eligible to apply for program funds, providing they have satisfactory performance ratings.

Program highlights include:

• Eligible employees can apply for up to a maximum of $5,250 per fiscal year, one program or course at a time.

• The program covers tuition or fees, required course materials up to $300, and travel within the continental U.S. if no local option is available (subject to UC travel regulations).

• A campuswide committee will review applications monthly, beginning in late August.

• Career employees can use up to 40 hours of release time for the program, subject to their supervisors’ approval, busines needs, and the policies and contracts that apply to their positions.

Although the program is designed to pay tuition or fees directly to the college or training provider, a special reimbursement process is in place for academic programs that begin between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30, 2002.

Program guidelines and the application form are posted on the program website at, along with frequently asked questions and information about the application process. You can contact the program office at, by phone at 643-5747, or at Human Resources, 207 University Hall, MC 3540.

In addition, the CDOP Program Office is offering campus information sessions from noon to 1 p.m. on Aug. 15 and 20, 370 Dwinelle Hall; and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Aug. 22, 150 University Hall.


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