Occupational Advisory Committees (OAC) are appointed for each program to ensure that desirable, relevant, and current practices of each occupation are being taught. Advisory committees provide invaluable perspective to technical education programs and create a vital link between technical education and industry.
• Help direct training programs to produce a quality workforce
that meets industry requirements
• Gain recruitment advantage by identifying and assessing
potential employees through work-based learning
• Meet your company training requirements through ongoing
programs and/or employer directed training
• Increase company viability and network with other industry
• Contribute to the health of the local economy
• Employer input on job market information allows programs to
• Employers may provide on-the-job training (OJT) for students
or offer employment opportunities to graduates, helping the
college meet placement goals
• Gain enhanced credibility from employer partnerships
• Improved programs ensure we are meeting specific industry
needs in order to provide a quality trained workforce
• Employers provide resources and in-kind support for college
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on a Davis Tech Occupational Advisory
Occupational Advisory Committees
Linking Industry and Technical Education
"A certificate of completion from a Davis Tech program means something in the workplace, which makes it a genuine ticket to opportunity."
-Darin Bush, President, Davis Technical College
At least three committee members must meet twice annually. Meetings must follow an agenda and meeting minutes must be maintained.
The spring meeting provides an opportunity for instructors to ask questions and gives committee members a chance to share what is happening in industry.
During the fall meeting, committee members visit the classroom, advise on the level of skill and proficiency required for industry employment, and review curriculum, instructional materials, and equipment. Recommendations from this meeting are taken into consideration when program modifications are being evaluated for the next fiscal year.
Committee members must have expertise in the occupational areas taught by the program. Their employer must represent (be located within?) Davis Tech’s geographical service area. Committee members cannot be employed by Davis Tech.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENGAGEMENT
Some advisory members may be asked to share their expertise with the College by defining jobs skills, participating in the hiring process to maintain competent faculty, or serving as adjunct faculty. They may also donate tax deductible equipment or demonstrate equipment, assist with scholarship funding, work directly with instructors in curriculum or competency development, act as guest speakers, provide work-based learning opportunities to students, or participate in Davis Tech career fairs.