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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: February 5, 2019 04:26 PM
From: Representative James R. Roebuck, Jr.
To: All House members
Subject: Occupational Advisory Committee established at IU level
Occupational Advisory (OA) committees are an integral part of the delivery of bipartisan Career and Technical Education (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. Unfortunately, the relationships between local advisory councils and business partners vary 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, I plan to introduce legislation which 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.

This legislation is a part of a bipartisan Career and Technical Education (CTE) legislative package, with the goal 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. I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring this important measure.

Introduced as HB395