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Our hiring process

The Community Ed hiring process is separate from the rest of the college. If you would like to apply for a position outside of the Community Ed department, please visit the work at PCC website.

Our hiring process generally goes as follows:

1. Online proposal

The potential instructor completes the Submit a Proposal form. A Program Coordinator will be in touch if the proposal meets our current needs. Coordinators will use their knowledge and experience to determine if the proposed class and instructor are a good fit for the Community Ed Department.

2. More information is gathered

If the proposal meets our current needs, a Program Coordinator will contact the potential instructor and ask for more information about teaching qualifications and the proposed class. This includes a resume, a general course outline, and ideas about class location, materials costs, etc.

3. In-­person meeting

The Program Coordinator will meet with the potential instructor to further discuss the proposed class, teaching credentials, teaching style, and how Community Education functions.

4. Instructor guide

If the Coordinator determines that the instructor is a good fit for the department, they will receive a copy of our Instructor Guide, and we’ll move forward with hiring.

5. Paperwork

Hiring paperwork includes:

  • Application for Employment
  • Conditions of Employment
  • I‐9 Form
  • W‐4 Form
  • Employee Information Form
  • Direct Deposit Form

6. Background check

All PCC instructors must pass a background check before they can teach. Once hiring paperwork has been submitted, a company called PreEmploy will send the potential instructor a link to an online background check. The potential instructor will have five days to complete the form.

No guarantee of work

Community Education instructors work on a class‐by‐class basis. Scheduling decisions are made based on the Program Coordinator’s assessment of community needs and interests, as well as a wide variety of other factors. Coordinators may rotate instructors for a different approach on a subject, and some courses are only offered during certain terms. In other words, once an instructor is hired, there is no guarantee that they will teach each term.


We schedule classes about 4‐6 months ahead of time so that we can design, proof, print, and distribute our print catalog. We generally schedule according to the following timeline. The scheduling deadline is the absolute last day to submit a class. Instructors need to plan ahead so that there is time for working out details and clarifying needs. The Program Coordinator will provide the exact deadline.

Deadlines by term
Term General scheduling deadline
Winter Late August or early September
Spring Late November or early December
Summer Late February or early March
Fall Mid‐May Mid‐May