What is the purpose of the advisory board?
The primary purpose of the local advisory committee is to provide to the agriculture teacher, school administration and board of education advice on issues affecting the agriculture program. Advisory committee members must understand the committee has no administrative policymaking or legislative authority.
Four secondary purposes of the advisory committee are to:
1. Provide advice on the quality of the curriculum in regard to its relevance and whether it meets the needs of employers.
2. Inform the school about the current and future labor market.
3. Inform the teacher of new and innovative technology being used by the local industry.
4. Serve as a resource to the local agriculture education program.
A well-functioning advisory committee will:
- Evaluate the current agricultural education program to determine if it is providing realistic and current preparation and training for students.
- Act as a change agent to increase the agricultural education program’s relevance.
- Help secure training sites and assist in the placement of program graduates.
- Advise school personnel of changes in the job market.
- Provide input and support for funding at the local level.
- Act as a communications link to assist in the development of community understanding of and support for the agricultural education program.
- Serves as a valuable resource during transitions between teachers.
- Recruit students into the program.
- Provide a service to the agricultural education program.
In order to accomplish these expectations, the advisory committee needs to:
- Be familiar with the goals, curriculum, competencies, lesson plans, and classroom and lab formats of the agricultural education program.
- Be familiar with the school policies, guidelines and expectations.
- Identify the trends in education and employment for specific industries to determine how the agricultural education program needs to prepare the students for jobs in the community.
- Identify the equipment and facilities used by business and industry.
Each committee member must meet all of the criteria listed below:
- Interested in education and youth.
- Interested in the agriculture education program.
- Time available to serve.
- Willing to serve and ability to make a contribution.
- An excellent reputation for honesty, integrity and good character.
- Someone who is forthright with their views but builds consensus in the group.
- Respected by their professional peers.