Advisory Councils

“Occupational training must be of high quality for Arizonans tocompete in the international marketplace. Using the advice of experts tokeep occupational programs delivering the latest in technologyprocesses and systems is good for students, employers and the economy.”
-U.S. News & World Report

What is an Advisory Council?

Advisory councils promote greater cooperation between career and technical education and business/industry.  They are made up mostly of private sector members who volunteer their time, talent and knowledge to support and strengthen career and technical education.

Advisory committees have three major roles:

  • To advise
  • To assist
  • To support and advocate for career and technical education

An important service that committee members provide is to assist faculty in identifying job specific skills so that instruction will better reflect business/industry and further strengthen career and technical education.


How does this benefit my business?

As the workplace increasingly becomes more technological, complex and competitive, well-trained workers have become difficult to find.

Advisory council membership provides:

  • Direct access to skilled potential employees
  • Opportunities to influence the training of the current and future workforce
  • A setting to network and develop relationships with professionals in your respective field

What are the Functions of an Advisory Council?

Councils develop a program of work based on the needs of the program and the requirements of the business community. Eight major areas councils may consider assisting with include:

  • Community Relations
  • Curriculum
  • Community Resources
  • Recruitment
  • Career and Technical Student Organizations
  • Job Placement
  • Staff Development
  • Program Review

On average, EVIT advisory councils meet four times a year. Advisorycouncils are most effective when everyone involved (instructors,administrators and committee members) work cooperatively to enhance andimprove the program.

For more information or to get involved with an EVIT Advisory Council, email