Occupational Advisory Committee

Each program area at the Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center has an individual Occupational Advisory Committee (OAC). The committee is comprised of industry members that provide input on the curriculum and equipment in each specific program area. These individuals bring unique perspective to education and training programs.

The main purpose of an Occupational Advisory Committee is to provide a vital industry link to strengthen the career and technical education program of a school. They make recommendations for program improvement by providing technical assistance to assure the most up-to-date curriculum content, appropriate applications of technology, and the implementation of new teaching strategies.

Committee members serve in an advisory capacity only. They do not have administrative or governing authority. Nevertheless, their work is important to the effective operation of a career and technical education program. Programs with a close association and function in cooperation with business, industry, labor, employers, employees and the general public are usually more successful than those which do not have such an association.

Membership Responsibilities

    • Provide advice on establishment and maintenance of a realistic education program

    • Provide advice about curricula content, training techniques and equipment

    • Investigate the types of facilities and equipment currently used in business and industry

    • Assist in the preparation and selection of course materials

    • Inform school personnel of changes in the labor market

    • Research and explain technical information

    • Determine student and community interest in education

    • Inform the school about business and industry personnel needs

    • Follow up on recommendations made to technology instructors, administrators, and the Joint School Committee

    • Research and recommend changes in computer technology education programs

    • Identify opportunities for internships and cooperative work experience

    • Encourage cooperation and a better understanding of career education programs among employers, students and the general public

    • Develop plans for recognizing outstanding students

    • Be an advocate for career and technical education within the community

    • Recommend resource personnel, guest speakers and instructors for technology education programs

    • Serve as judges for local awards, contests, and exams