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Advisory Committees

Join a Chemeketa Advisory Committee and help make a difference in your community.

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Our professional and technical advisory committees play a key role in the college’s preparation of a quality workforce. The advice and perspective of our advisory committees help with continuous program improvement and evaluation, resulting in the best educational programs for the residents of Chemeketa's distrct. The influence of advisory committees in helping the college make wise decisions for the direction of career and technical education at Chemeketa is significant.

  • What is an advisory committee?

    Advisory committees are composed of recognized and respected community members representing a cross-section of their occupational field who are brought together to share information and ideas in the pursuit of improving and updating professional-technical programs. The State of Oregon’s plan for career and technical education requires operating advisory committees as a condition of reimbursement for each occupational program. College faculty/staff and current students also attend meetings to provide input on educational and workforce issues. 

    • Members who represent business and labor have expertise in the skills and competencies needed for the jobs in the areas they advise
    • Instructors and administrators take their role seriously
    • Advisory committees make recommendations that will strengthen and expand professional/technical curriculum
    • Committees are goal-oriented and achieve results. They promote constructive and necessary change within a program, generate new ideas, and serve as advocates for quality career and technical education
    • Committees develop and implement an annual plan of work to assist programs in meeting the needs of their students and to reflect the requirements of their industry 
    • Identify new and emerging fields and modify existing programs
    • Determine the employment needs and resources of the community in their occupational area
    • Promote communication among education, business, and industry 
  • Why are advisory committees important?

    Advisory committees:

    • Provide an open forum for sharing information and ideas regarding labor market demand, training trends, and employable skills
    • Assist in community-focused activities that help students understand business and industry needs and how they can be successful in their chosen career path
    • Make recommendations that will strengthen and expand professional/technical curriculum
    • Provide guidance and advice to help ensure students are learning the most current skills needed in industry
    • Create a stronger community when business and education partner for our future workforce
    • Ensure that each career pathway academic ladder matches the corresponding industry career ladder and promote career pathways within the community
    • Strengthen programs by reviewing curriculum and student outcomes including completion rates, placement rates, and state licensing examination outcomes
    • Ensure that the programs are relevant and up-to-date by assessing the equipment and facilities available and make recommendations as needed
    • Advise on the needs for retraining or upgrading of skills for persons currently employed in the field
    • Provide information to update, modify, expand and improve the quality of Chemeketa’s professional/technical programs
    • Support and strengthen partnerships between business, labor, community and education
  • Why join an advisory committee?

    Join an advisory committee:

    • To guide the education of your workforce to meet your company and your profession's needs
    • To utilize a pipeline in hiring well educated employees
    • To assist the college in being a good steward of the tax dollars that you and your company pay to the state
    • To relish the personal satisfaction of knowing your knowledge and expertise have been recognized and that you have made an investment in the future of your profession and your community
  • Advisory Committee Member Commitment
    • Advisory committee members meet quarterly for about an hour to an hour and half and more frequently as needed (not to exceed 3 hours)
    • At the first meeting, an annual plan of work is determined 
    • At the final meeting an annual report and committee assessment is conducted
    • Each member is expected to attend meetings regularly, participate in discussions and serve on subcommittees as requested
    • Each member is expected to carefully study any problems which come before the advisory committee before reaching a final decision
    • Each member is expected to reach a personal decision after considering the views of other citizens and/or organizations
    • A minimum attendance of three meetings a year
    • A quorum will consist of a simple majority of the officially appointed members of the advisory committee
    • Only lay members of the advisory committee officially appointed by the board of education shall hold voting privileges
  • What do Advisory Committees help us answer?
    • Are students being prepared for the future workforce?
    • What should industry training include?
    • Are curriculum and equipment training adequately addressing industry needs?
    • Do course and program competencies and performance levels meet industry standards?
    • What industry validated credentials are available within the career pathway?
    • Do Chemeketa students have the facilities and resources to prepare them for current industry trends?

About Us

We have several Professional/Technical opportunities available at Chemeketa Community College. The following program-specific Advisory Committees are a great way to serve our community through involvement.

Professional/Technical Advisory Committees

  • Accounting
  • AgriBusiness Management
  • Anesthesia Technician
  • Automotive Technology
  • Building Inspection Technology
  • Business Management
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Criminal Justice
  • Diesel Technology
  • Dental Assisting
  • Drafting Technology
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Electronic Technologies and Robotics
  • Emergency Medical Technology
  • Fire Protection
  • Health Information Management
  • Hemodialysis Technician
  • Horticulture
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Human Services
  • Machining Technology
  • Medical Assisting
  • Nursing Education
  • Occupational Skills Training
  • Office Administration and Technology
  • Pharmacy Technology
  • Speech Language Pathology Assistant
  • Visual Communications
  • Welding Technology
  • Wine Studies

Want to be on an advisory committee?

Fill out the Advisory Committee Interest Form and let us know.

Advisory Committee Member Materials