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Advisory Committee Toolkit

II. Benefits of Advisory Committees

An advisory committee is a group of employers and employees who advise educators on the design, development, implementation, evaluation, maintenance, and revision of CTE programs within a career pathway. Each advisory committee is made up of individuals with experience and expertise in the occupational field that the program serves.

In many states, all approved programs must have a technical advisory committee that functions at the state, regional, or local level to assist education providers in planning, conducting, and evaluating their program curricula and operations.

Resource  For more information on career clusters and career pathways, go to http://www.careertech.org/career-clusters/.

In addition to fulfilling many states' requirements, advisory committees help to:

  • Promote communication among education, business, and industry;
  • Identify new and emerging fields and modify existing programs;
  • Strengthen programs by providing student competency lists and reviewing curriculum;
  • Ensure that each career pathway academic ladder matches the corresponding industry career ladder;
  • Review student outcomes (completion rates, placement rates, and state licensing examination outcomes);
  • Ensure that programs are relevant and up-to-date;
  • Assess the equipment and facilities available and make recommendations as needed;
  • Provide work-based learning experiences for learners;
  • Provide training opportunities for educators;
  • Advocate programs to communities and legislators;
  • Assist with placement of program completers;
  • Promote career pathways and inform communities about them;
  • Seek legislative support for career pathways; and
  • Leverage community resources (equipment, facilities, materials, and broker community partnerships).

Resource  Use Resource 2.3 to formulate a vision for the direction you would like your program to take in the future and how an advisory committee can help you achieve that vision.

Resource  Use Resource 2.4 to bring together ideas on how an advisory committee can benefit your program in areas such as design, development and implementation, evaluation, maintenance, and revision.

 

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