Advisory Committee Information

CTE Advisory Committee

CHS is inviting parents, community, and business members to support our CTE programs with "School To Industry" collaboration.  

Purpose

The purpose of advisory committees is to provide on‐going business and community input to keep CTE programs current with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values necessary for students to work effectively in their chosen occupation(s). The primary purposes of program advisory committees are to provide on-going evaluation and consultation about program needs and to ensure curricula remain current with the industry standards, knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values identified as being necessary for students to work effectively in their chosen occupation(s).  We are required by federal Perkins and WA State funding regulations to have a general advisory committee and active program-specific advisory committees and to have all official meeting minutes on file for at least 5 years.

Effective committees meet regularly. It is our intent that pathway advisory committees should meet at least four times a year. It is expected that all instructors attend their pathway advisory committee meetings.

Washington State Career and Technical Education Program Standards and Indicators #1:

An active local advisory committee composed of employers and employees in the pathway for which the program is approved guides the relevance and updating of the program.

CTE Program Characteristics (from CTE Program Standards):

  1. Use a state curriculum framework aligned with related industry skills standards, as available and validated by a local advisory committee.
  2. Are based on identified need, developed and maintained in consultation with functioning program specific advisory committees.

Roles and Responsibilities

The success of the advisory committee will depend a great deal on the skills and attitudes of the participants. Members must devote enough time and attention to keep the committee actively involved in the Career and Technical Education program. The teacher plays a dual role, switching from leader to facilitator, depending upon the needs of the committee. Important responsibilities of the participant begin before the meeting, take place during the meeting, and continue after the meeting.

Role of Program Specific Advisory Committees (from CTE Program Standards):

  1. Validate curriculum competencies.
  2. Assist with career counseling, cooperative education activities, student leadership activities, student recruitment and job placement.
  3. Promote professional development of instructors and assist in endorsing teachers for certification as Career and Technical Education educators.
  4. Publicize the content and benefits of Career and Technical Education to parents, students and the community.
  5. Be an integral part of a total quality improvement strategy.