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TO: Dr. Joe Scarcella
FROM: Phil Fournier
RE: 502, WA6, Fournier

The purpose of EVOC 502 WA6 was to prepare a proposal for the establishment of a vocational advisory committee in support of the course I teach in Automotive Engine Performance. The following six criteria were specified:

  1. Comply with all of the General Criteria for Written Assignments.
  2. Develop a proposal for the formation of a vocational advisory committee for a particular existing course or program. The proposal should be addressed to an appropriate school administrator.
  3. Provide a brief description of the course or program for which the advisory committee will be (or has been) formed.
  4. Clearly define the basic purpose of the advisory committee relative to the course or program indicated above and include information about the major specific functions of the advisory committee.
  5. Describe the steps necessary to go about establishing an advisory committee to serve the course or program described. Include information about recruiting and retaining advisory committee members.
  6. List and briefly describe at least one good resource from which further information about advisory committees can be obtained.

The following sources of information were used relative to this assignment:

  1. Fournier, Phil - From my own professional experience.
  2. Asebedo, Tony Experienced ROP instructor who has been the chairperson for the ROP advisory committee for the last eight years.

I believe that the attached proposal meets all six of above listed criteria and respectfully request full credit: one point for meeting each of the above listed criteria.

TO: Mr. Richard Collins, Dean of Instruction, Mt. San Jacinto College

FROM: Phil Fournier, Automotive Technology Instructor

DATE: Thursday, December 23, 2004

RE: Establishment of an Advisory Committee for Automotive Engine Performance


Course Description: Automotive Engine Performance is a series of courses including Level 1, Level 2, and Advanced Engine Performance. These courses are 102 hours respectively, or six hours per week for seventeen weeks. The courses are split up evenly, with fifty one hours spent in the classroom (lecture, video tape/DVD, demonstration) and fifty one hours spent in the shop (demonstration, guided practice.) The purpose of the courses is to instruct and train perspective automotive technicians in the foundational skills they will require to become entry level engine performance technicians in the auto repair industry. The courses have a heavy emphasis on emissions control maintenance and repair. Maximum enrollment is 25 students per class.


Purpose of the Advisory Committee: The members of the advisory committee will be recruited from the ranks of local automotive technicians and repair shop owners. The committee will make recommendations to the automotive technology department regarding the relevancy of the curriculum to the real-world needs of repair shop owners. This committee is of greater importance to the Automotive Engine Performance series of courses because of the continual change and advancement in this area of the automobile. We cannot afford to retain obsolete technology as part of our curriculum if we want to stay relevant as a source of employable and trained entry level technicians for the auto repair industry.

Steps to be taken:

        Proposal submitted to Dean of Instruction.

        Obtain copy of committee bylaws from ROP instructor Tony Asebedo.

        List of potential members developed.

        Potential members contacted by telephone.

        Date, time, and place for first meeting determined.

        Agenda for first meeting planned.

        Interested potential members sent formal invitation by mail.

        Remind members with a phone call two days before meeting.

        First meeting held.

        Minutes of first meeting sent to all members.

        Review recommendations of advisory committee and make plans for curriculum adjustments if needed.