The CTE program is proud to have many strategic partners in the community. Without the help of these organizations and individuals, Career and Technical Education in Yakima would simply be education without connection to the workplace.

Advisory committees

One of the roles of our local partners is to function as an Advisory Board to provide input and collaborate in the development and ongoing success of our programs.

The CTE  Program Advisory Board is formed from a group of local business people, parents, students and teachers who meet regularly to provide resources and shape the overall delivery of each program.

These resources can include: classroom participation, presentations, coaching, judging competitions, mentoring, job shadowing, internships, scholarships, and field trips. Advisory Committees also provide advocacy and projects for students.

Advisory Committees are critical to the education of students for several reasons:

The primary purpose is to help improve the quality of instruction in programs that prepare our youth for all career pathways.

They are the most efficient way for public Career and Technical Education programs to meet the economic needs of the community. Lacking such committees, schools would operate without critical business, industry and labor input.

Schools are public entities and Advisory Committees comprise one way in which the public can influence the educational process.

Advisory Committees offer one of the best tools for ensuring that Career and Technical Education programs reflect the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed by employees in their respective occupations.

Advisory Committees do not have administrative or programmatic authority.

  • ASL (American Sign Language
  • Engineering / Architecture
  • Business & Marketing
  • Skilled & Technical Sciences
  • Diversified Occupations
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Education (FACSE)
  • Engineering
  • Graphics Art
  • Health Careers
  • Jewelry
  • Small Engines
  • Photography
  • Middle School Technology
  • Welding
  • Robotics
  • Stagecraft

Advisory Committee Functions

Student Organization Activities 

  • Assist and Judge Competitive skilled events.

Curriculum Activities

  • Compare content of program with state learning standards
  • Determine labor market needs, trends, and directions.
  • Assist in obtaining instructional materials.
  • Recommend equipment & supplies.
  • Software & current literature
  • Prioritize budget (A – Essential, B – Would be nice, and C – Wish List)

Community Relation Activities

  • Increase community awareness.

Program Review Activities

  • Review program goals and objectives.
  • Compare program accomplishments with program objectives.
  • Review and revise / update yearly
  • Compare student performance standards to business and industry standards.
  • Develop competencies based on local industry needs.
  • Review facility
  • Give reports to administration and/or School Board.

Staff Development Activities

  • Provide in-service activities, technical up-grades, summer internship, recommend certification.

Job Placement Activities

  • Notify instructors of job openings.
  • Provide work experience or internships if possible.
  • Be a guest speaker and assist in developing interview skills with students.