Part-Timers' FAQs

Where can I check my re-employment preferences points?

Ask your division secretary for your points.

Can I get paid for time I work with students outside of class?

Yes! Classroom faculty will be compensated $30 per hour. As part of your teaching load, you'll be required to have 10 minutes of office hour for each unit/lab taught. For example, 3-unit class = 30 minutes, equals 8-hours compensation per 16-week semester, thus $240 for a 3-unit class. Counselors will earn 3.63 minutes for each hour worked, with a maximum of 100 minutes of office hours per week and 1600 minutes per semester (e.g., a part-time counselor works 22 hours/week, s/he will be compensated for 80 minutes,which is 22 x 3.63 per week). If you have questions, please contact your YFA representative.

How can I join YFA?

Great question! Simply click on Become a Member right here, fill out the form and follow the directions.

How much are YFA dues for part-time faculty?

Part-time faculty dues are $25 per pay period and are automatically deducted up to ten times per fiscal year. If no paycheck is issued to you then no dues deduction takes place.

Am I eligible for Unemployment Insurance?

Yes you can. As a part-time faculty member, if you will not be working between semesters or during the summer, you can apply for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Adjunct faculty are considered “temporary” since they work with a contract for each semester they are teaching, but this is not considered an offer of reasonable assurance of work or guaranteed continued employment. You can apply online at:, on your smartphone or tablet, or by phone at (800) 300-5616. Take a look at the resources below to help you file a claim:

What is the Employee Assistance Program?

Anthem EAP is a voluntary, confidential program that helps employees work through various challenges that might adversely affect job performance, health, and personal well-being to optimize an organization's success. EAP services include assessments, counseling, and referrals for additional services to employees with personal and/or work-related concerns, such as stress, workplace issues, financial issues, legal issues, family problems, office conflicts, and alcohol and substance use disorders. You and your dependents have access to this program. For more information, check out the EAP page of the Benefits Office.

What is the APPLE Program?

APPLE stands for Accumulation Program for Part-Time and Limited-service Employees. The APPLE Plan is a type of retirement plan for seasonal, part-time, and temporary employees that replaces Social Security. The plan is a Profit Sharing Plan under 401(a) and has an employee contribution of 7.5% on a pre-tax basis. The plan is for District employees who are not covered under the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) or the State Teachers' Retirement System (STRS). If you decline enrollment into the STRS retirement program, you will automatically be enrolled in APPLE. For more information, please contact the Payroll Office at 209-575-6538.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

If you work at Columbia College, your YFA representative is Rebekah Sandlin ( and if you work at MJC, your representative is Duane Brooks ( For general information, interpretation of contract articles, or resolution of problems, contact our administrative assistant, Geri Wend, at (209) 575-6699 or All calls are confidential.

Do part-time faculty have a retirement plan?

Yes. Consult our contract (Article 7.8) to read more about retirement plans. You can choose either CalSTRS or the APPLE Program. If you have questions, please call the Benefitsl Office at (209) 575-6547.