Purpose of the Advisory Committee
The purpose of the advisory committee is to establish community partnerships with OBC’s administration and occupational program staff. The advisory committee serves a vital role in keeping programs relevant, dynamic, and on the cutting-edge of the business community. This goal can only be achieved by developing and maintaining a productive and healthy relationship between Ohio Business College and the business community.
The advisory committee provides input and makes recommendations to OBC’s faculty and administration based on the needs of the business community. Working with the School Director and the Director of Education, the committee provides a means of communication and cooperation between businesses, the community, and the institution, ultimately leading everyone to a better understanding of the job market.
The major functions of the advisory committee are:
- To provide advice on skills, knowledge, and attitudes required for specific occupations;
- To assist in keeping programs current;
- To inform the community of services provided by the institution for career training;
- To actively assist in the placement of graduates.
Specific responsibilities of the committee are the following:
- Provide up-to-date information related to emerging trends (in a specific vocational area), current trends, current and future employment needs, and future direction for the specific occupational area;
- Assist and identify the needs for new occupational training programs and help in the modification and revitalization of existing programs as the business community’s needs change;
- Recommend changes in facilities, equipment, materials, and staffing needs for effective, up-to-date, and relevant vocational instruction for the programs;
- Identify the current specific skills, knowledge and student attitudes that should be included in the program;
- Keep the institution informed regarding changes in the labor market and specific employment needs
- Recommend measures and standards for program quality, including standards for graduates, to ensure successful entry-level employment in the subject area;
- Assist in identifying work experience, internships, and employment opportunities;
- Assist the institution and department in evaluating the effectiveness of the occupational programs and its graduates;
- Assist in marketing the occupational programs and recruiting of new students;
- Help provide publicity for the institution and the occupational programs and assist with dissemination of this information to the community;
- Assist the college in business community surveys related to occupational education.