The Center for Professional Development was originally called CASSL. It was established in 2004 by CRC President Francisco Rodriguez to strengthen the College's ability to support student learning and success. A task group led by Dean Janis Caston that included Professor Marybeth Buechner (SLO Coordinator), Professor Jeanne Edman (Faculty Researcher) and Professor Maureen Moore (Professional Development Chair) worked to develop the structure and initial planning documents that continue to inform the ongoing evolution of this center.
Many thanks to the Marybeth Buechner, who served as the CASSL faculty coordinator from Fall 2005 though Fall 2008. Thanks also to BJ Snowden, who served as the CASSL faculty coordinator from Fall, 2009 through Spring 2011; to Colette Harris-Mathews, who served from Fall 2011 through Spring 2013; to Lesley Gale, who served from Fall 2013 through Spring 2015; and to Rick Schubert who served from 2015-2017. Finally, many thanks to President Edward Bush and the Professional Development Committee for their ongoing support for professional development efforts at CRC.