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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: March 27, 2018 11:34 AM
From: Representative James R. Roebuck, Jr.
To: All House members
Subject: Occupational Advisory Committee established at IU level
In the near future, as part of the bipartisan Career and Technical Education (CTE) legislative package, I plan to introduce legislation to improve the delivery of CTE in the Commonwealth. This package of legislation is a result of the recommendations of the Select Subcommittee on Technical Education and Career Readiness (Select Committee) established pursuant to HR 102 of 2015.

Occupational advisory committees are an integral part of the delivery of CTE programs by ensuring that industry standards are properly integrated into instructional programming. These local councils also serve as the bridge in building relationships with business and industry partners.

The Select Committee found that relationships between local advisory councils and business partners varied greatly across the state. In an effort to emphasize the important role business partners play in guiding CTE program decisions at the local school entities, this legislation would allow CTE programs or a cluster of programs to establish occupational advisory committees at the Intermediate Unit (IU) level to serve multiple school districts or Career and Technical Centers (CTCs).

This delivery model will help improve the effectiveness of the local council in establishing new programs and reduce the burden on local industry and school entities to establish a viable occupational advisory committee on their own.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this very important legislation.

Introduced as HB2205