Advisory Committees and Partnerships
Employer partners bring much value to student personal and professional development through their involvement with CTE and WBL programs. Employers can provide experiential learning opportunities for students, and offer their occupational and industry insights and perspectives on the types of knowledge, skills and attributes to which students aspire.
Collaboration between employers and educators (including CTE instructors) is referred to as “employer engagement.” “Employer” is shorthand for a wide range of business, industry and labor stakeholders, including multi-national corporations, locally owned businesses, industry associations and organized labor.
Minnesota requires local Carl D. Perkins funds recipients (districts who use funding for CTE and WBL programs) to create and use local “advisory committees” with employer members, as well as representation of parents/caregivers, educators, community members and students. Advisory committees are essential to ensuring program relevance and quality, providing students and school districts with new opportunities and resources, and connecting students and educators with the larger regional, state and national employment communities. Related offsite resources offer guidance to help educators:
- Design an effective advisory committee structure.
- Recruit employer members.
- Coordinate and manage the committee to set and achieve district goals.
- Create and use instruments and processes to measure the effectiveness of the committee.
- Minnesota DECA
- Minnesota Business Professionals of America (BPA)
- Minnesota Family, Career and Community Leaders of America
- Minnesota Future Farmers of America (FFA)
- Minnesota Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA)
- Minnesota SkillsUSA