Degree Program

The County of York values continued education and considers it a vital part of employee development.


Purpose


The Training and Education Program was established to encourage employees toward continued self-development, training, and education. The program encourages our employees to improve effectiveness in their job performance as well as to prepare for potential advancement within the County. We encourage all employees to reach their full potential through the development of knowledge, skills, abilities, and talents.

Funding


The program is designed to support those employees who are interested in pursuing an academic degree, as a part of their employee training plan.  Funding for the degree program will be administered through the Human Resources Department, with an approval process through a Training and Education Evaluation Committee (TEEC). In addition to this centralized fund, each Department will continue to retain a line item (typically 5510) for employee training and education that falls outside of the scope of the TEEC.

Policy


The general policy provisions can be found in the first section of the policy (8-1). The policy is divided into two sections: Skill Development Programs (8-2) and Degree Programs (8-3). These modifications will be included in an upcoming change to the Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual.

Employees will continue to complete the standard training application for all specialized training that falls under the Skill Development Program Policy (Form TA 9708A). Employees who are applying for assistance in obtaining an academic degree (or certification courses that lead to a degree) should use the Education Assistance Program Application (Form TA 516).

This program is not intended to replace department-specific training or courses provided by the Human Resources Department. It is also not intended to replace costs currently covered by departmental budgets such as initial licenses and renewals, job required certifications (or re-certifications), etc.

You will find the policy and the Application Form (TA 516) on the Training Policies page

  • All expenses not approved by the TEEC are the responsibility of the employee.
  • No departmental funds are to be applied to this program.
  • Please use budget code number 4-10-50122-5518 when completing your Request For Payment.
  • Send completed RFP with proper code to Amy in Human Resources for approval signature and processing.  No department signatures are needed.

Note

  • Applications should have a detailed course description attached, as well as the narrative for items 1, 2, and 3. 
  • The 3 narrative sections of the application are for your supervisor to consider before deciding if the application should move forward to HR. 
  • The narrations are evaluated in order for the Training and Evaluation Committee to consider whether County funding will be approved. The same narrations can be used (attached) to multiple applications. 
  • If you provide more than one application (more than one course) in a semester, the maximum amount of County funding is $1,000. 
  • It is best to save an electronic copy of your training application and your narratives - to update and provide for future submissions. 

Deadlines


Applications for the Fall semester should be provided to Human Resources by August 1, 2018.
Applications for the Spring semester should be provided to Human Resources by Dec. 1, 2018.

Application Packet

Must include:

- Education Assistance Program |  Degree Program Application (TA 516) 
- Training Payment Reimbursement Agreement 
- Course Description 
- Proof of course fee/cost 
- Proof of registration


Forms

Education Assistance Program Application TA 516
Training Payment Reimbursement Agreement
 

Resources


Training and Education Program Policy
List of Regional Colleges and Universities