Advisory committees assist in assuring the relevance of the vocational education program, assist in creating partnerships, and increase public awareness of the available programs in the community. Committee members may represent business, industry, labor, the public sector, the general community, the postsecondary community, and the general public to bring a unique perspective to the programs. Both the general and program committees are advisory in nature, but they each have completely different purposes.
A committee may assist in establishing a two-way system of communication: informing the institution of the needs of the industry and informing industry of the services the institution can deliver. A committee is organized to assist in making a vocational-technical program as efficient and effective as possible to serve the occupational area and students are served to the greatest advantage.