Advisory Committee

What is an Advisory Committee?

  • An Advisory Committee is a group of individuals with a common interest in a particular CTE area (Business, Manufacturing, Agricultural Education, Construction, Education and Training, etc.). This group is made of local business and community professionals, teachers, students, administrators and parents.

  • Federal and State Laws mandate the creation and use of advisory committees.

The Carl D. Perkins Law Section 122(c)(5) states that a school must create a plan that “describes how the eligible agency will actively involve parents, academic and career and technical education teachers, administrators, faculty, career guidance and academic counselors, local business (including small businesses), and labor organizations in the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of such career and technical education programs”

The Texas State Plan for Career and Technical Education additionally states that “Texas requires that eligible recipients annually evaluate their CTE program. Texas school districts have local advisory committees for CTE that are involved in decisions related to the implementation, improvement and evaluation of CTE programs.”


  • Curriculum Content Advisement – advising on what to teach, based on one question: Do graduates possess the entry-level job skills needed by employers in the area served?

  • Career Guidance and Placement – attending career days, serving as guest speakers, conducting mock interviews, locating prospective employers

  • Community Public Relations – promoting awareness of the program

  • Equipment, Facilities, and Resources Review – recommending the equipment and facilities needed to provide students with an optimal learning environment

  • Program Review – reviewing program goals, budgetary needs, and data collection procedures; developing long-range plans