Technical Advisory Committees (TAC)
To fulfill our mission as Agricultural Educators we must rely on a strong partnership with industry and education. Successful programs maintain close ties with business, industry and must be integrally linked to the communities. CTE programs in Idaho are required by IDAPA to "incorporate active input from an appropriately qualified business/industry technical advisory committee."
Benefits of Advisory Committees:
- Bring focus to important program outcomes.
- Bring training expertise to the table-they provide on-the-job training to their employees, and can share best practices.
- Secure resources for your program-equipment, manpower, expertise.
- Provide students and staff with new opportunities-internships, work experiences, career exploration.
- Connect you with the larger community-committee mebers have networks they can engage as appropriate.
- Advocate on behalf of your program.
Prior to establishing your advisory committee it is important to talk to others with similar programs to see what works best for them and what they don't like. This will help you develop what may work best for you with less trial and error.
Use the TAC Handbook below to determine who to select and how to select them. It is required that your advisory committee meets at least two times a year.