Central to every NATEF automotive training program is an Advisory Committee—a consortium of representatives from all key components of the school-to-career spectrum—educators, industry experts, local businesses, employers, parents and students. This committee works to strategically—and collaboratively—guide each program forward, ensuring that all processes are successfully training students for today’s workforce demands.
In other words, the Advisory Committee brings a modern discourse to training—one that dissolves traditional silos between the classroom and the “real world”—through positive collaboration and exchange among many disciplines.
To achieve and maintain NATEF accreditation, Advisory Committee meetings are held at critical milestones during the year; and minutes are recorded for use during compliance reviews. A minimum of 2 Advisory Committee meetings per year are required for accreditation.
Specifically, the Advisory Committee is made up of locally based members, to optimize school-to-career student transitions, and is comprised of:
- Business owners, managers, technicians
- Vehicle, equipment and industry representatives
- School instructor, principal, superintendent, counselors
- College representatives
- Program graduates
What are the key roles of the Committee?
- Curriculum Content Advisement – advising on what to teach, based on one question: Do graduates possess the entry-level job skills needed by employers in the area served?
- Career Guidance and Placement – attending career days, serving as guest speakers, conducting mock interviews, locating prospective employers
- Community Public Relations – promoting awareness of the program
Equipment, Facilities, and Resources Review – recommending the equipment and facilities needed to provide students with an optimal learning environment
- Program Review – reviewing program goals, budgetary needs, and data collection procedures; developing long-range plans