Program Advisory Committees


The Role of the Advisory Committee

The Career/Vocational Technical Education Regulations state that it shall be the responsibility of the program advisory committee to advise, assist and support school personnel in order to improve planning, operation and evaluation in a career and technical area. Such advice shall be based on adequate and timely information as to workforce and job development demands or job market, technological developments, training alternatives and other factors affecting the quality of the program.

The General Advisory Committee shall include, but not be limited to, chairpersons of the program advisory committees. It is the responsibility of the General Advisory Committee to advise the school committee, based on adequate and timely information, as to the planning, operation and evaluation of career vocational technical instruction provided by programs under its control.

Are you interested in participating on one of our Program Advisory Committees?

Westfield Technical Academy is committed to excellence in its CVTE programs. To help us achieve this aim, we reach out to leaders in business, industry, and labor, and to parents and students, and ask them to work with us as advisers in improving our curriculum and facilities for students in our district.

By participating in this committee,you will have an opportunity to guide the Westfield School Committee in preparing students for employment in one of our CVTE programs. Each Program Advisory Committee meets several times each school year. Meetings are usually held at WVTHS.  In addition, our instructional staff occasionally calls upon advisers informally, as the need arises.

Advisory Committee Members Include:
• Industry/Business Partners
• Students
• Parents/Guardians
• Organized Labor
• Apprenticeship Programs
• Post-Secondary Institutions

Ways Our Advisory Board Can Assist:
• Review Curriculum
• Review Data (MCAS, Enrollment, and Certificate of Occupational Proficiency)
• Recommend New or Updated Equipment
• Donate Materials, Equipment, and Services
• Review, Evaluate, and Advise on New Course Content
• Assist in the Development of Articulations or Apprenticeships
• Assist with Chapter 74 New Program Approval Process
• Help Schools Maintain their Libraries of Software, Visual Aids, Magazines,and Books
• Arrange for Guest Speaking Opportunities and Field Trips
• Program Advisory Committees

Please contact Mr. Peter Taloumis, Director of Career Vocational Technical Education, for more information.  E-mail:

Please click on the link below for the WTA Advisory Committee Guide.

WTA Advisory Committee Guide

Please click on the link to the top left for Advisory Agendas.  These meetings are open to the public. 

2018-19 Dates to Remember

  • October 30, 2018:  Annual General Advisory Committee Dinner and Meeting
  • January 22, 2018:  Joint Westfield School Committee and General  Advisory Committee Meeting