Pawz for Learning

Why Pause at CSUSB?

As part of California State University, San Bernardino's five year strategic plan, the Staff Development Center is committed to providing staff with opportunities for professional and personal growth.

According to Forbes Magazine, learning how to take control of your professional development is an important step towards creating opportunities for yourself and your career, in fact, it is suggested that one could differentiate one's self from competitors with just a few hours a week of intentional professional development.

In efforts to increase opportunities for professional development, the Staff Development Center is proud to present Pawz for Learning!

What is Pawz  for Learning?

Pawz for Learning is a self-paced, self-guided, and self-reported professional development program for CSUSB employees. Employees are encouraged to "pause” for a minimum of one (1) hour per month for 12 consecutive months and invest in their professional development through a blend of learning activities.

NOTE: Registration for is now closed. Please check back to register for May/June 2019-May/June 2020.

Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Dedicate at least one (1) hour of learning (attend an instructor-led workshop, take an eLearning course in SkillSoft/, etc.) each month for 12 consecutive months.

Step 2: Track your learning hours and submit your monthly totals to our Learning Activity Submission Form. In order to successfully complete the program, a learning activity must be submitted for each month.

Step 3: If your learning hours total at least 12 hours for the 2018-2019 year*, you will receive one of three levels of recognition for the dedication and efforts made towards your professional development.



Invest in yourself:

According to Warren Buffett, “The most important investment you can make is in yourself.” Take the next step in your professional development goals and sign-up to "pause" and learn!

Learn What Counts

Are you curious to know what learning activities will count? Check out a few eligibility criteria to learn what may count (or not count) towards Pawz for Learning.

View Eligibility Criteria

Track Your Hours

You can easily submit your learning activity hours online or if you prefer to keep track of your own hours, 

Complete Online Form

View Incentives

There are three levels within the Pawz for Learning program where your hard work will earn you a token for your dedication and efforts!

View Learning Incentives

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

If a workshop or training for which you are registered is cancelled, those hours may not be counted towards your monthly totals.

Since the two-hour workshop takes place within the same 24 hour period, then no, this workshop will not count for two months of learning.

While much of your professional development will take place outside of your normal work hours, learning activities you choose to participate in during your work hours will require you to request release time from your supervisor.

First-time facilitation/co-facilitation of content to an audience may count towards monthly learning hours. 

Since most courses or classes focus on one subject, the course or class will not count as credit for multiple months.

If the conference topics are unique, then yes, the conference may count as credit hours in two separate months. If the conference topics are identical, then no, the conference will only count in of the months of your choosing. 

Compliance trainings are courses and/or workshops where every CSUSB employee is required to complete. These trainings do not count towards learning activity hours.