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Professional Development

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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!

Check out the drop-down options to access resources and information from ongoing trainings.


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


  • Learn About LAVC! (L.A.LAVC) Join us to learn about Valley College and find out things you may not have known. (Even if you've been here awhile.) There are three upcoming events this semester, see flyer for details.


  • 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.  For those who want to enter their outside-LAVC flex activities, check out this 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.



  • 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. 



  • 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).