ʳܰDz:A general advisory committee (GAC) provides direction and guidance to administrators and teachers for the entire Career and Technical Education ( CTE) program offered by a district. This type of advisory group is usually formed at the secondary level to serve skills centers and high schools.

Basis for Establishment: To advise CTE Director and educators on improvements to CTE programs linking to career readiness in the following pathways:

    • Agricultural Sciences
    • Business & Marketing
    • Family & Consumer Science
    • Health Sciences
    • Skilled & Technical Sciences
    • STEM

Decision-Making Process: The guidance and advice of local advisory council members helps ensure students are learning the most current skills needed in the workplace.

Plan of Work:

    • Review annual CTE goals
    • Support courses in advisory pathways / mentoring or direction
    • Evaluate effectiveness of CTE programs with Program Evaluation Rubric.


    • Heather Steele, Director, Teaching and Learning, 鶹ý Public Schools
    • Guy Occhiogrosso, President/CEO, 鶹ý Regional Chamber of Commerce


    • Maddy Anderson, Washington State Department of Natural Resources
    • Danny Bennett, Whatcom Goodwill
    • Patrick Burnett, Whatcom Community College
    • Lance Calloway, AGC of Washington
    • Brandi Civico, Phillips 66
    • Jill Davishahl, Western Washington University
    • Robert Dyer, Pacific Injection Molding Corp.
    • Michael Gan, Cascade STEAM
    • Katherine Hendricks, Community Member/ Sub/ Volunteer for BSD
    • Dana Hickenbottom, Cascadia Renewables
    • Thomas Hoats, Mariner
    • Michael Jay, Educational Systemics, Inc.
    • David Ketter, retired high school science teacher
    • Gil Lund, Fives Lund LLC
    • Kimberly Maki, Washington State Patrol, Recruitment and Retention Officer
    • De Murr, Cascade STEAM
    • Fred Sheppard, Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County
    • Lea Sklarsky, Mindport Museum
    • Delaney Skordal, Re-Sources
    • Martin Spencer, Marlin Engineering, Inc.
    • Simon Vickery, Climate and Energy Policy Manager at RE Sources
    • CTE teachers and staff


    • Provide information on expanding/improving programs
    • Support partnerships between business/industry/community & education
    • Make recommendations that will strengthen CTE curriculum
    • Evaluate programs with Director assistance

Budget Implications: Transparency with GAC on goals with federal and state funds.

վԱ:Fall, Winter and Spring meetings.





Heather Steele
Director, Teaching and Learning