One of the primary functions of Santa Monica College is to provide state-of-the- art Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. These programs and associated curricula must be carefully planned to insure appropriate training design that meets the reasonable expectations of employers in the geographical service areas.

The main purpose of the advisory committees is to establish partnerships among the college’s CTE staff, and members of the local community representing business, industry, labor, and government. One of the many objectives for advisory committees is to provide input and recommendations to the faculty and administration.

This input drives the changes needed in the operation of CTE programs to improve, expand, and innovate. Input from advisory committees is essential to the success and continuance of effective CTE programs that produce graduates qualified for jobs. It is through the efforts of such committee members that the students of Santa Monica College will benefit.​

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    Christina Hsu
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