Originally published Nov 2017, revised June 2022
Thank you for your interest in Zane State College’s Employer Advisory Committees (EAC). Through your involvement, you can enhance your professional visibility while significantly helping to shape a successful workforce in these program areas. This article is a resource to help showcase the reasons why an advisory board is beneficial. EAC is the primary vehicle by which our academic and technical programs connect with our industry partners. We are grateful for our collaborations, and your role as the College continues to respond to our communities’ ongoing and emerging workforce needs.
It is our goal to help you develop your position on the EAC and create opportunities for you to contribute to building a solid EAC for the program you identify with. Ultimately, this work will help lead our College and our academic programs to produce students that meet your workforce needs.
According to state and federal mandates, each institution must establish separate industry-based advisory committees for each workforce education program or cluster of related majors. In addition, an individual programmatic advisory council is also required by the accrediting agencies of certain professions.
The general purposes of an EAC are:
The mission of Zane State College lays the foundation for our institution’s work and is the catalyst for our collaborative work with our industry partners. EACs are the framework for building robust academic programs that serve our communities’ needs and are in the best interest of the local industry/workforce, the College, and especially our students.