Career and Technical Education Advisory Boards

Our Advisory boards provide expert advice on a variety of issues to ensure that students earning degrees or certificates from JCCC are prepared to enter the workforce and become immediately productive.

2011 Advisory Board Summary Findings (PDF)

2009 Advisory Board Summary Findings (PDF)


Advisory Boards can assist in answering the following questions:

  • Are students prepared for the future job market?
  • What should the education include?
  • Is curriculum addressing industry needs?
  • How can instructors verify competencies to industry standards?

Advisory Boards provide expert advice on:

  • Assisting in public relations activities.
  • Offering different points of view.
  • Assisting in the placement of graduates.
  • Helping to keep educational programs up-to-date.

Goals, Objectives and Activities

Job opportunities:

  • Assist in surveying workforce needs and new and emerging occupations.
  • Advise on the changing nature of the competencies in industry and career fields.
  • Assist in placing graduates or program completers.
  • Inform the program of opportunities to place students in full-or part-time jobs.

Facilities and program equipment:

  • Consult on existing equipment, facilities, and resources and compare with career norms.
  • Consult on lab equipment and compare with the current and future technology and industry/profession standards.
  • Consult on lab safety program.

Course content:

  • Consult on the development of educational objectives.
  • Review the program’s sequence and scheduling of courses and delivery options.
  • Review and suggest content for courses of study and standards of proficiency in areas which are essential to becoming successfully employed in a career path.

Instructional and learning experiences:

  • Identify or suggest resource personnel to enrich the instructional content.
  • Assist in locating and obtaining equipment and supplies on loan, as gifts, or at special prices.
  • Suggest qualified persons for needed instructor/personnel vacancies.
  • Participate as a resource person to enhance the instructional process.

Promoting education:

  • Participate in programs designed to promote career and technical education.
  • Testify in support of career and technical education at meetings which may be called by local and state officials, boards, and legislative groups.
  • Encourage other businesses to stimulate development of work experience programs.
  • Build interest and understanding between the college and community and professional organizations.

Organization and Operation


  • The membership of the board should include individuals who possess current and projected needs, knowledge, and work experiences, which are representative of the area served by the program, and are representative of the total community.
  • It is suggested that the composition of the advisory board includes leaders from industry, business, the professions, labor, faculty, and students.
  • The number and rotation of members of the board should be determined by the program area.


  • The primary function of the Advisory Board Chair is to provide leadership at all meetings. The Chair should encourage all members to participate in the decision-making process.


  • A minimum of two meetings must be conducted annually. However, more meetings may be necessary to effectively carry out the needs of the program. Goal oriented meetings will provide productive results and will ensure an efficient utilization of the time and potentiality of board members.


  • An agenda should be prepared for each scheduled meeting and distributed to members before the meeting, usually when the notice of a meeting is sent.

Call to Order and Adjournment:

  • Meetings should have a definite starting and adjournment time. The Chair must make a strong effort to begin the meeting on time, move through the agenda in a businesslike manner allowing for sufficient discussion, and adjourn the meeting at the scheduled time.


  • Minutes must be kept and submitted to the program/division office in a timely manner. Whenever possible, minutes from the last meeting should be distributed to the membership prior to the next meeting to allow for review. Minutes and other advisory board activity records are filed with the office of the Chief Academic Officer or CECS Program Director and posted on the JCCC website.

Best Practices

The following were provided by the JCCC CTE Advisory Board Guidelines Task Force. Additional suggestions are encouraged and will be added to the list as received:

  • Membership: Rotating board membership helps prevent “burning out” valuable volunteers. Recruiting new members will also increase awareness of the program within the industry and the community.
  • Publications: The names and pictures of board members should appear in program web sites, newspaper articles, brochures, etc.
  • Complimentary Tickets: In some settings, board members may be provided with complimentary tickets to school functions as small tokens of appreciation of their efforts.
  • School Activities: Members may be asked to participate in a CTE employer/employee banquet, graduation or other school events.
  • Letters: Members should receive letters of appreciation at appropriate times, such as at the end of the year, at term end, holidays, etc.
  • Recognition: Board members who have contributed considerable time and talent should be publicly recognized for their efforts. Recognition might include:
    • Letters of appreciation
    • Invitations to program and department events
    • Photos and/or articles in departmental or college publications
  • Member Engagement: Actively engage the advisory board members with students.  This may be done by members participating in classes, reviewing individual student projects and/or portfolios, engaging in discussion panels, etc.
  • Group Picture: Provide a group picture of the advisory board in CTE classrooms/labs for students to see.