How can I find out more about new ESP Offerings?
Answer: Please, Visit our Events Calendar page to find out about upcoming programs and events.
How do I apply for the Educational Support Program?
Answer: Please visit our Apply page for more information.
What services are offered by the Educational Support Program?
Answer: Please visit the ESP page for more information.
Does my department participate?
Answer: Career counseling & assessment, academic advisement, and resume assistance are available to all eligible employees regardless of department.
To determine department offerings of tuition & textbook reimbursement, loan repayment, and the 20-20 program, please visit our Participating Departments page (this page will appear in a new window). Note: unlisted departments are not currently participating.
Can I apply for Loan Repayment?
Answer: Educational Loan Repayment does not require the regular application process. If you are interested, please contact your Human Resources Services Manager or Department Head to see if your position qualifies.
Who is eligible for the Educational Support Program?
Answer: You are eligible if you meet one of the following requirements:
- Regular full-time County employees who have successfully completed their initial probationary period, or have been hired for a position designated by the Human Resources Director as difficult to recruit or retain.
- Any TAP and Per Diem employee working full-time in a Certified Nursing Assistant or Nursing classification, in any County Department, who works a minimum of 520 hours in any fiscal year.
- Part-time regular employees regularly scheduled to work less than 36 hours per week who otherwise are eligible, may receive a pro-rata level of benefits from this program.
Refer to the Educational Support Program Policies and Procedures for additional information on eligibility.
Please note that availability of certain programs differs by departments. Career counseling & assessment, academic advisement, and resume assistance are available to all eligible employees regardless of department. To view a list of programs offered by department, visit our Participating Departments page (this page will appear in a new window).
Are the Textbook and Tuition Reimbursement Program and Department Reimbursement programs the same?
Answer: With the revision to Board Policy C-7, the Educational Support Program provides textbook and tuition reimbursement related to a degree, certification, or license from a career goal identified on a Career Development Plan.
Reimbursement for training courses, seminars, workshops, and conferences which help employees better perform their current job is provided by departments and does not require an application to the Educational Support Program. However, requests are subject to department travel and training procedures.
What are the selection criteria for participation in Textbook & Tuition Reimbursement, Loan Repayment, or a 20-20 Program?
Answer: The criteria below are utilized to assist with participant selection and are not in any particular order.
County needs, including designated difficult-to-recruit or retain (DTR) classifications
· Career assessment results
· Date ESP application is received
· Likelihood of success
· Funding availability
· Employment status
Other priorities as determined
Who can sign the application?
Answer: The signature on the form is intended to verify that you have completed your initial probationary period and are in good standing, so typically a supervisor's signature is enough.
Note: Mental Health Department employees need to submit a letter of interest when submitting their application for signature.
What do I need to bring to the meeting with the career counselor?
Answer: Please bring your official or unofficial college transcripts, your current resume, and your most recent performance evaluation to the meeting.
What will I discuss with a career counselor?
Answer: Your assessment results, transcripts, and work history will be reviewed and discussed during your initial meeting with a career counselor. This will assist in identifying "best fit" career choices. Specific department criteria and overall program policies and procedures will also be discussed.
What is a career assessment?
Answer: A career assessment asks a number of questions to determine one's interests and preferences in relation to the world of work. The assessment will help to identify careers where there is a likelihood of success.
Who can apply?
Answer: Full-time and part-time regular status employees that have completed their probationary period and per diem and TAP employees who are currently working in a nursing classification may apply.
What is the Educational Support Program (ESP)?
Answer: The Educational Support Program (ESP), administered by the Human Resources Department, is a County program that assists current and prospective employees with career and educational resources and guidance in an effort to fill current an future County careers designated as difficult-to-recruit or retain.
Are there requirements for continued County employment if approved for the Educational Support Program?
Answer: Yes, the 20-20 program requires continued County employment upon completion of the program.
Are there grade requirements?
Answer: Yes, participants must receive the equivalent of a "C" or better in undergraduate coursework and a "B" or better in all graduate coursework. In addition, departments may set specific grade criteria.
Does the Educational Support Program require the educational institution to be accredited?
Answer: Yes. To qualify for assistance through the Educational Support Program regional accreditation is preferred but may not be required for specific degree programs. For more information on regional accreditation exceptions please Contact Us. Information on schools and their accreditations can be found on our Accreditation page under.