Isothermal Community College

Learning College Manual

Human Resources

Employment Categories

Employment at Isothermal Community College is designated into four categories specified below.  This policy does not confer tenure or the promise of a contract for continuing employment and all employment is contingent on College needs, enrollment and/or availability of funds.

A.  Full-Time Employees

The category of full-time employees shall be for the following positions:

  1. Staff:  An employee who works a standard work week of 37.5 hours per week in a position that is expected to last more than six months.
  2. Faculty:  An employee who teaches a full-time load as defined in the Curriculum Faculty Work Loads, Office Hours, Absences and Professional Development policy and assignment is expected to last more than one semester.
  3. Instructional Paraprofessionals:  An employee who works on the academic calendar and standard work week of 37.5 hours in a position that is expected to last more than one semester.

Full-time employees are eligible for College benefits.  

B.   Full-Time Temporary Employees

  1. Staff:  An employee whose assignment is stipulated at the time of the employment to be up to or fewer than six months duration and the assignment requires working 37.5 hours.  If circumstances arise that a temporary assignment needs to be extended past six months, a written request must be submitted to the President; approval can only be granted by the President.
  2. Faculty:  An employee who teaches a full-time load as defined in the Curriculum Faculty Work Loads, Office Hours, Absences and Professional Development policy for one semester or less.  If circumstances arise that a temporary assignment needs to be extended past one semester, a written request must be submitted to the President; approval can only be granted by the President.

Full-time temporary employees are not eligible for College benefits.

C.  Part-Time Temporary Employees

      Both faculty and staff may be considered part-time temporary employees.

  1. Staff:  An employee whose assignment does not exceed 28 hours per week.
  2. Faculty:  An employee (not including instructional paraprofessionals) who teaches the equivalent of a three-fourths full-time load as defined in the Curriculum Faculty Workloads, Office Hours, Absences and Professional Development policy.

Part-time temporary employees are not eligible for College benefits. 

The President or designee may, under emergency circumstances, adjust hours on a temporary basis.

D.  Permanent Part-Time Employees

Permanent part-time employees are those that receive a contract and work at least 20 hours per week, but not more than 28 hours per week.  No new assignments may be made under this classification after May 12, 2009.

Permanent part-time employees are eligible to accrue annual and sick leave in accordance with the College policy.

E.   Creditable State Service

Creditable state service shall include, on a month-to-month basis, all permanent employment (full-time and/or part-time permanent—20 hours or more per week) with the College or other state agencies.  Employees with periods of interrupted service receive credit for the creditable state service they earned for prior periods of employment.

 Credit shall also be given for employment with state agencies, local mental health agencies, social services, emergency management in North Carolina, N.C. Community College and public school systems with provision that a school year is equivalent to one full year.  This credit will be given to the employee when documentation of the prior employment is furnished to the institution.

Total state service is the grand total of all time, either full-time or part-time, which an employee has served in state government or other recognized public sector systems.  This type of service does not have to be continuous.  Breaks in service are not counted in the computation for credit.  Credit is given for any month in which an employee is in a pay status for one-half or more of the workdays and holidays in that month.  Permanent part-time employees shall earn service time on the same basis as permanent full-time employees; it is not pro-rated.  Total state service is used to determine eligibility for longevity pay, vacation leave and service awards.

Creditable retirement service is the length of time an employee has made contributions to the state retirement system.  It is not calculated the same as total state service.  This service time is used to determine eligibility for a retirement benefit and the amount of the retirement benefit.

Policy No: 301-03-01BP

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Adopted:  May 22, 1991
Amended:   May 12, 2009; June 29, 2010