Advisory committees serve to ensure that students receive a quality education and learn the skills they need for their chosen fields.
The broad purposes of an advisory committee are to help a college document the need for a workforce education program and to ensure that the program has both adequate resources and a well designed curriculum to provide students with the skills, knowledge, and behaviors necessary to successfully meet the needs of business and industry. The advisory committee is one of the principal means of ensuring meaningful business and industry participation in program creation and revision.
Functions of an advisory committee include:
- evaluating the goals and objectives of the program curriculum;
- establishing workplace competencies for the program occupation(s);
- suggesting program revisions as needed;
- evaluating the adequacy of existing college facilities and equipment;
- advising college personnel on the selection and acquisition of new equipment;
- identifying local business/industry leaders who will provide students with external learning experiences, employment, and placement opportunities;
- assisting in the professional development of the faculty;
- assisting in promoting and publicizing the program to the community and to business and industry; and representing the needs of students from special populations.
Advisory committees meet in person a minimum of one time a year. The meeting is recorded in official minutes. Minutes are maintained in college files and are made available to the Texas Coordinating Board staff upon request.
North Lake has separate industry-based advisory committees for each workforce education program.