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Advisory Committees

Each CTE program has an advisory committee that meets twice a year.  The goal of the advisory committee is to promote greater cooperation between the college and the community it serves in preparing individuals for employment and further education.

A program advisory committee is a representative group of individuals whose experience and abilities represent a cross section of a particular discipline or occupational area.  Career and technical program advisory committees are composed of key individuals from the community who volunteer to advise the college on many factors related to the operation and success of the career and technical programs, as well as college faculty and staff.

In-depth Information

Purpose of Program Advisory Committees

The general purpose of the program advisory committees include the following:

  • To promote greater cooperation between the college and the community it serves in preparing individuals for employment and further education, and in promoting the quality of education provided.
  • To enhance the ability of the colleges to respond to the greater Sacramento area workforce demands for education and training and provide a process of continuous improvement through ongoing review and development.
  • To assist the colleges in identifying the need for and the development of new programs and reviewing current programs for possible updating to meet changing needs in the workplace.

Membership Functions

General roles and responsibilities:

  • Understand and support the mission and goals of the Foundation and American River College.
  • Attend and participate in committee meetings.  Assist in the decision making on all issues brought to the committee including: curriculum and instruction, program review and evaluation, recruitment, internships, and job placement, student organizations, and professional development for faculty and staff.
  • Participate in development activities for at least one of the projects of the committee.  This would include efforts to inform and recruit students to programs, initiate opportunities for presentations to further publicize ARC's programs or particular careers, or appear on behalf of the advisory for community events and/or speaking opportunities.

Membership term: Typically, advisory members are requested to serve a 2-3-year term, depending on the needs of the department.  For more information about membership terms, please contact faculty within the specific program of study.

Meetings: Typically, advisory committees meet twice a year at a working luncheon or breakfast that lasts between one and a half to two hours.  Committee representation may be requested at and is appreciated at some of our campus and community events. For more information about meetings, please contact faculty within the specific program of study.

Role of Advisory Committee Members

  • Attend meetings regularly.
  • Participate in committee discussions.
  • Participate actively in seeking solutions to issues and problems that come before the advisory committee.
  • Keep the committee informed of new developments in their area(s) of expertise.


How to Get Involved

If you are interested in becoming a member of an advisory committee for any of our 43 CTE programs, we would love to have you! To learn more, please contact the dean or the program’s department chair by visiting the department website. Whether you are a K-12 teacher in CTE or ROP programs, an employer, or a community based organization, together we can ensure great education and careers for our students. 

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American River College is a public community college that primarily serves residents of the six-county Greater Sacramento region. The college offers traditional classroom instruction, off-campus centers, and distance education online. Visit the ARC website

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