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Occupational Advisory Committees (O.A.C.)

What is an Occupational Advisory Committee?
 
This guide is designed for the Occupational Advisory Committees at both secondary (comprehensive high schools and career and technical schools) and postsecondary (community colleges, technical institutes and other college and universities) levels. It is intended for use by new and existing committees, providing suggestions on how an occupational advisory committee can be organized and maintained to function effectively. The most important ingredient for success; however, is a willingness and commitment on the part of the school’s/college’s administration, teachers and the advisory committee members to have an effective committee.
 
The main purpose of an occupational advisory committee is to strengthen the career and technical education program by making recommendations for program improvement and providing technical assistance to assure the most up-to-date curriculum content and appropriate applications of technology.
 
Advisory committees are a vital link between the career and technical education program and business and industry. In addition to state requirements to establish advisory committees, career and technical administrators, teachers and citizens recognize the value of community participation in the discussion of career and technical education issues. Advisory committees assist in assuring the relevance of the career and technical education program to the community and increase public awareness of the program. Committee members representing business, industry, labor and the general public bring a unique perspective to education and training programs. They provide a viewpoint which is invaluable to the career and technical education program.
 
It must be emphasized that advisory committees serve an advisory capacity only. They do not have administrative or governing authority. Nevertheless, their work is important to the effective operation of the career and technical education program. Career and technical education programs that have a close association and function in cooperation with an advisory committee are usually more successful than those which do not have such an association.
 
Commonwealth / PDE Mandates
The Pennsylvania State Board of Education regulation governing Career and Technical Education, Chapter 4 – Academic Standards and Assessment and Chapter 339, all require the establishment of local advisory committees and occupational advisory committees as a condition for career and technical education program approval by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Refer to the mandates in Appendix K Created 09/2008 (Reviewed 05/2014) 
 
Post Secondary Involvement in OAC Committees
 
  • 4.33. Advisory committees.

(c) An occupational advisory committee shall be established for each vocational-technical education program or cluster of related programs offered by a school district or AVTS. The committee shall be appointed by the board of directors, and a majority of the members of the committee shall be employees and employers in the occupation for which training is provided. The committee shall meet at least twice each year to advise the board, administration and staff on curriculum, equipment, instructional materials, safety requirement, program evaluation and other related matters and to verify that the programs meet industry standards and, if appropriate, licensing board criteria and that they prepare students with occupation related competencies.

 

  • 339.14. Occupational advisory committee.

The occupational advisory committee as set forth in § 4.33(c) (relating to advisory committees) shall also include representatives authorized by the workforce investment board, civic organizations and  higher education institutions.

 

A number of educators have spoken with the BCTE staff person who serves as your re-approver and voiced concern over the Occupational Advisory Committee membership.  PDE has researched the regulation and has finalized options a school can follow.

 

PDE encourages OACs to include representatives of Civic Organizations, WDB, and post-secondary and have decided that Schools will have three options to choose from to meet the regulations as stated below. 

 

The three options that each school will be able to choose from are:

 

Choice 1:

  • Each OAC will have a representative from the Post-secondary school, the WDB and the civic organization identified by name and organization/institution, documentation would be agenda and minutes with a sign-in page.

 

Choice 2:

  • The OAC members will be authorized separately by each organization, WDB, Post-secondary institution, and the civic organization with documentation/letters of support provided in program binders for the Approved Program Evaluation.

 

Choice 3:

  • The OAC members are authorized by the LAC and appointed by the Board with documentation provided in binders for the Approved Program Evaluation.

 

Choice 1: Enter names and organization of rep from the WDB, Civic Organization and Post-secondary.

Choice 2: A letter from the WDB, Civic organization and post-secondary organizations will be provided

Choice 3: OAC members will be authorized by the LAC and documented in the minutes.

 

JHS has selected to go with Choice #3
Types of Advisory Committees
There are several types of advisory committees which are established to meet the needs of the career and technical education program at GJHS. They include:  
 
Local Advisory Committees :
  • This committee provides overall direction for the entire career and technical education program of a school district, area vocational-technical school, career and technical center or post-secondary institution. This committee advises on the whole range of activities and issues involving the career and technical education program, provides advice on appropriate program offerings and support services and, when appropriate, provides assistance and support to the institution.
  • GJHS L.A.C Members:
 
Name  Organization Position 
Mr. Michael Dadey Greater Johnstown School District Principal / Vocational Director
Dr. James Cekada Greater Johnstown School District Superintendent of Schools
Mr. Michael J. Vuckovich Greater Johnstown School District  Director of Education
Ms. Cyndi Ahlborn Greater Johnstown School District School Board
Mr. Ron Kitka CCCDC Director
Mrs. Melissa Murray Penn Highlands Community College Associate V.P. of External Affairs
Mrs. Melissa Komar City of Johnstown City Manager
Mr. Jeff Dick CareerLink  
Ms. Debi Balog JARI  
 
Occupational Advisory Committees:
  • O.A.C.s are established for each career technical education program or cluster of related programs offered by a school district or AVTS. The majority of the members of the committee shall be employees and employers in the occupation for which training is provided. The committee advises the board, administration and staff on curriculum, equipment, instructional materials, safety requirement, program evaluation and other related matters and to verify that the programs meet industry standards.
  • Click here to view a list of the 13 GJHS Occupational Advisory Committees  
 
Participatory Planning Committee:
  • Is comprised of specified members as defined in the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 2006. This committee is a requirement for local planning and certain competitive funding areas authorized in the Perkins legislation.
  • The GJHS Participatory Planning Committee consists of the following individuals:
 
Name Organization Position
Mr. Michael Dadey Greater Johnstown School District Principal / Vocational Director 
Mr. Michael J. Vuckovich Greater Johnstown School District Director of Education
Ms. Megan Kulish Greater Johbnstown High School Vocational Counselor 
Mr. Jeff Dick CareerLink CareerLink
Mrs. Susan Whistler SWIB Director
Dr. Melissa Murray Penn Highlands Community College Associate V.P. of External Affairs
     
 
 
 
Strategic Planning Committees:
  • Develop the schools strategic plans through active participation by parents, students, school directors, teachers, school administrators, other school personnel, business and other community representatives. The committee serves a specific function in the strategic planning process as required by Section 4.13 (Strategic Plans) of Chapter 4 regulations of the Pennsylvania State Board of Education.
 
It is recommended these committees be established and operated to complement and support one another. For example, the participatory planning committee and the strategic planning committee can be the same committee, if all guidelines for membership requirements are met.