The Professional Growth Award (PGA) is an award for classified staff that recognizes and rewards efforts toward life-long learning and improved service to the district. It requires the accumulation of 200 hours of professional growth activities for each award, and it carries with it a monthly addition to your paycheck for the rest of your career with the district!
Currently, each PGA is worth $90 per month, or $1,080 per year.
Activities that qualify for the award include the following:
Some categories of activities have limits per award, so pay special
attention to the current
PGA application form for your bargaining unit.
You are eligible to apply for your first award when you have completed one year of employment as a regular classified staff member and accumulated 200 hours of activities. You are eligible for subsequent awards when at least two years have passed since receiving the last award and you have accumulated another 200 hours, at least 100 of which have been earned since the last award. (The remaining 100 hours can be carryover from the previous award.)
Effective 2014-2015, the limit is $12,960 for an individual.
The process of obtaining a PGA starts months or years before you submit your application. Start keeping records TODAY! Many staff find that keeping an accordian file or other filing system makes this easiest. To get started, follow these steps:
Once you've prepared to keep track of your hours, follow these steps to keep on top of things:
When you've reached 200 hours, follow these steps:
The committee accepts PGA applications every month, so be sure to apply as soon as you have completed 200 hours to maximize your paycheck. Applications must be received in Human Resources by the 10th calendar day of the month to be considered that month.
The team of volunteers who evaluate PGA applications include the following classified staff members:
Denise Perez, Chair, Foothill
Kristine Lestini, District
Cynthia Smith, De Anza
Mary Clark-Tillman, De Anza
Diana Cohn, Foothill (representing the Teamsters)
To learn more about the PGA, you can view this Powerpoint handout from the September 2005 district opening day presentation by Kris Lestini and Denise Perez:
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