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Career Advancement Option

Classes taken for the attainment or enhancement of skills for the purpose of career advancement within the CSU system.  These employees are not matriculated students and are not registered through Open University. However, classes are taken for credit and will be posted on the student's official transcript. To be eligible for the Career Advancement Option, employees first need to meet with the HR Fee Waiver Coordinator to develop a Career Development Plan.  Depending on operational needs and the CBA, the supervisor may approve one (1) class to be taken on State time - see Employee Eligibility for more information.

Contents

First-time Career Advancement Employees

  1. Meet with the Fee Waiver Coordinator / appropriate Human Resources Manager to begin career goal discussions.  The HR manager will meet with the employee and their supervisor, create a draft plan or worksheet, and help complete a Faculty and Staff Career Development Plan (CDP) (PDF). The CDP has sections to be completed by the employee and the Human Resources fee waiver coordinator.  A completed CDP must be submitted to Human Resources (zip 0010) before processing of the Fee Waiver Application for Employees can be completed.
  2. Submit an application to be accepted as a guest/transitory student by the University:
    • If you do not have a degree, complete a Career Advancement/Job-related Undergraduate Admissions Application Form (PDF) – HR will send original to Undergraduate Admissions.  (Transcripts do not need to be submitted by transitory students.)
    • If you have a degree, complete a Career Advancement/Job-Related Graduate Admissions Application Form (PDF) – HR will send original to Grad Studies. (This applies if you have a degree, but will be taking undergraduate courses.  Transcripts do not need to be submitted by transitory students.  Career Advancement Program Employees do not have to meet Graduate Admissions requirements and do not need to submit transcripts or proof of a bachelor's degree, or any other supplementary application material.)
      • Submit a Fee Waiver Application for Employees (PDF) to Human Resources (zip 0010). This form has sections to be completed by the employee and the employee's supervisor.  Human Resources will send a copy to Undergraduate Admissions or Graduate Studies.
      • Receive a letter or email (from Undergraduate Admissions or Graduate Studies) confirming you have been accepted as a student under the Career Advancement benefit program.  This is your invitation to enroll in courses.
  3. Pre-pay estimated fees at Student Financial Services Center (SSC), room 230.  Tell them you are pre-paying estimated fees for the employee fee Waiver program so they can code the payment properly.

Returning Career Advancement Employees

  1. Each term, submit an application to be accepted as a transitory student by the University:
  2. Each term, submit a Fee Waiver Application for Employees Form (PDF) to Human Resources (zip 0010).   Human Resources will send a copy to Undergraduate Admissions or Graduate Studies.
  3. Receive a letter or email (from Undergraduate Admissions or Graduate Studies) confirming you have been accepted as a student under the Career Advancement benefit program.  This is your invitation to enroll in courses.
  4. Pre-pay estimated fees at Student Financial Services Center (SSC), room 230.  Tell them you are pre-paying estimated fees for the employee fee Waiver program so they can code the payment properly.

Employees Changing, Adding or Deleting Courses

  • Re-submit a Fee Waiver Application for Employees (PDF).  In the “Request for Waived Fees” section, check (X) the box indicating, “This is a request to change courses already submitted.”
  • If courses are being added or deleted to the program, the employee must re-submit a Faculty and Staff Career Development Plan (PDF) to Human Resources (zip 0010).  This form has sections to be completed by the employee and the employee's academic program advisor.

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