Advisory committees may be organized by career cluster, provided that each individual program is reviewed, the committee has the necessary expertise, and ample time is allotted for each program. The role of an advisory committee is to 1) help document the need for a workforce education program and 2) ensure that the program has adequate resources and a well-designed curriculum to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities essential for employment.
The advisory committee is one of the principal means of ensuring meaningful business and industry participation in program creation and revision. Advisory committees must be composed of persons who broadly represent the demographics, including ethnic and gender diversity, of the institution’s service area as well as the occupational field in all sectors of the business community within the institution’s service area. Members should be well informed about the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the occupation for which they are providing information and guidance.The role of the program advisory committee is to provide input on planning, development, implementation, operation, promotion, evaluation, and maintenance of the program that results in continuous program improvement.
Advisory committees are organized to provide advice and assistance to the teachers and administrators of specific programs. In order to be sure that students are learning the most current skills, employer input should be an integral part of designing and updating curriculum.