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Career Technical Education


Welcome to the Career Technical Education Committee

The Academic Senate's Career Technical Education (CTE) Committee establishes the forum for continually enhancing SMC's CTE programs. 

Scope and Function

The committee acts as a liaison between occupational programs and various constituencies in the College Community and the business community.  Membership strives to reflect campus diversity in vocational programs.

  • Advocates for occupational programs on campus.
  • Reviews labor market trends for vocational careers.
  • Makes recommendations regarding the development of new programs and the directions of existing programs.

 The objectives of the Career Technical Education Committee are to:

  • Establish a transparent process for CTE program development
  • Enhance communication between CTE programs at SMC.
  • Promote the development, expansion, and improvement of vocational education programs on campus
  • Link CTEA funding with CTE program development.
Through regularly scheduled meetings the committee has:
  • Surveyed existing vocational programs at SMC about their visions for the future
  • Researched and discussed industry trends
  • Gathered and utilized labor market information
  • Encouraged information-sharing and the leveraging of resources whenever possible
  • Determined the necessary skills, student recruitment needs, and overall costs of establishing new programs
  • Distributed CTEA funds

Chris Fria (310) 434-3435
Vice Chair
Frank Dawson  (310) 434-4585
Voting Members
Frank Dawson
Fariba Bolandhemat
Eric Williams
Michelle King
Salvador Carrasco
Stuart Cooley
Laurie McQuay-Peninger
Clifton Dobbs
Vicki Drake
Tricia Ramos
Chris Fria
Wendy Parise
Ford Lowcock
Tom Peters
Laura Manson
Steve Peterson
Debbie Perret
Vicki Rothman
Joy Tucker
Saul Rubin
Perviz Sawoski

Meeting - Dates/Time/Location
Click here to view our meeting schedule          
                                                                               Dates: Alternate Tuesdays
                                                                               Time: 1:00 to 2:15 PM
                                                                               Location: HSS 261

Agenda’s & Minutes








General Information


Process for Approval of new Career Technical Education Programs/Courses


Departmental Intentions
The first step is the department to consider what topic(s) can be added to their menu. These topics should be based on preliminary research and/or try to address current events that generate enough focus in their respective fields. Course(s) should be introduced according to departmental procedures and be determined whether it warrants further development efforts.
Career Technical Education Committee Review
Presentation/discussion/approval will be needed. This stage encourages communication/information-exchange/review of new vocational courses/programs and allows for resources to be identified that can help increase the likelihood of success.
Assignment of Faculty
Faculty member(s) are then assigned to develop the core (s)/program(s).
Submission to the Curriculum Committee
A new course/program will need to go to the curriculum committee for further review and approval.
Submission to the Academic Senate
The next stage is for the Academic Senate to review/approve the new course/program.
Submission to the Board of Trustees
Final approval needs to be obtained from the Board of Trustees.
Submission to LOWDL
Applicable new course(s) will need to be presented the Los Angeles/Orange County Workforce Development Leaders to ensure non-duplication, etc.
Submission to the Chancellor's Office
Finally, the new course/program will need to be submitted to the Chancellor's Office to complete the process.


Career Technical Education Committee Information