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POD Virtual Conference Funding

The Professional Development Council (PDC) is accepting applications for virtual conferences and workshops for the 2020-21 Academic year. Faculty, classified staff, confidential staff, and managers are eligible to apply. PDC may approve up to $1800 per employee until all funds for the year are exhausted. Employees may apply multiple times until they have reached the $1800 threshold. POD Conference and travel cannot be used for tuition and fees to enroll in an educational program or class. Application for funding does not guarantee approval.


Step 1:  Complete the Mt. SAC Conference and Travel Request/Expense Claim Form

  • This is the College‚Äôs form to approve your conference on behalf of the institution and, if you are funded, how you will process your reimbursement
  • It must be signed by your manager before being submitted.

Step 2: Complete the POD Conference Funding Application

  • Funding is available for virtual conferences only. POD Conference and travel cannot be used for tuition and fees to enroll in an educational program or class.
  • PDC reviews and votes on each individual application using the Funding Criteria, justification statements, and supporting documents. 
  • Please be prepared to share the following information: virtual conference link, alignment to Mt. SAC Professional Development Plan, and general conference information.
  • It is highly encouraged that you submit your application for funding at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the conference. PDC cannot guarantee a review of your application otherwise and POD Conference and Travel is not retroactive.
  • Reimbursement will not be granted for conferences that have already taken place.
  • Application for funding does not guarantee approval.
  • PDC will review your documents, make a decision, and contact you with application results.

 Step 1: Complete the POD Conference & Travel Reimbursement and Evaluation

This is the form you will use to process your reimbursement and report about your conference activities. Please be prepared to attach the four documents outlined below. These will be required in order for you to submit for reimbursement.

  • Attendance Verification: Please include a document to verify your attendance at the conference. (Email of completion, certification, screen shot from conference workshops, etc.) Remember you cannot request Professional Growth Increments/Benefits for any activities/events supported with College funding.
  • Evidence of Dissemination: Please include a document verifying how you shared conference information with your Mt. SAC colleagues (email, meeting agenda, etc.)
  • Virtual Conference Payment  Receipt
  • Completed Mt. SAC Conference and Travel Expense/Request Claim Form: Please use the one sent to you from Fiscal Services with a T#. Part B must be completed with your manager's signature.

 For questions regarding POD virtual conference application and reimbursement please contact Maria Cardenas at