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Career Technical Education

Welcome to the Career Technical Education Committee​​
The Academic Senate's Career Technical Education (CTE) Committee establishes the forum for continually enhancing SMC's CTE prog​rams. 

Membership: Faculty and Administrators

Scope and Function

The committee acts as a liaison between Career Technical Education programs and various constituencies in the College Community and in business and industry.  Membership strives to reflect campus diversity in Career Technical Education programs and support services. 



  • Advocates for Santa Monica College's Career Technical Education programs.
  • Reviews labor market trends for career pathways and skills development.
  • Makes recommendations regarding innovation in the development of new programs and the directions of existing programs. 


Establish a transparent process for CTE program development

  • Enhance communication between CTE programs at SMC.
  • Promote the development, expansion, and improvement of vocational education programs on campus
  • Link CTEA funding with CTE program development. 


Surveyed existing vocational programs at SMC about their visions for the future

  • Researched and discussed industry trends
  • Gathered and utilized labor market information
  • Encouraged information-sharing and the leveraging of resources whenever possible
  • Determined the necessary skills, student recruitment needs, and overall costs of establishing new programs
  • Distributed CTEA funds 


Committee Members
Chair, Fariba Bolandhemat: (310) 434-4372 
Vice Chair, Frank Dawson: (310) 434-4585  

Voting Members
Frank Dawson
Eve Adler
Salvador Carrasco
Michelle King
Fariba Bolandhemat
Stuart Cooley
Dawn Murphy
Vicki Drake
Clifton Dobbs
Tricia Ramos
Chris Fria
Yiching Grace
Ford Lowcock
Tom Peters
Laura Manson
Steve Peterson

Debbie Perret
Vicki Rothman
Sal Veas
Saul Rubin

Salvador Santana
Perviz Sawoski​​​
Eric Williams​​​​


Meetings are held every other Tuesday in Drescher Hall 300-E (Loft). To view the meeting schedule click here​.

Agendas & Minutes

Approval Process for New CTE Programs/Courses


Departmental Intentions
The first step is the department to consider what topic(s) can be added to their menu. These topics should be based on preliminary research and/or try to address current events that generate enough focus in their respective fields. Course(s) should be introduced according to departmental procedures and be determined whether it warrants further development efforts.

Career Technical Education Committee Review

Presentation/discussion/approval will be needed. This stage encourages communication/information-exchange/review of new vocational courses/programs and allows for resources to be identified that can help increase the likelihood of success.


Assignment of Faculty

Faculty member(s) are then assigned to develop the core(s)/program(s).


Submission to the Curriculum Committee
A new course/program will need to go to the curriculum committee for further review and approval. 


Submission to the Academic Senate
The next stage is for the Academic Senate to review/approve the new course/program.


Submission to the Board of Trustees
Final approval needs to be obtained from the Board of Trustees. 


Submission to LOWDL
Applicable new course(s) will need to be presented the Los Angeles/Orange County Workforce Development Leaders to ensure non-duplication, etc.


Submission to the Chancellor's Office
Finally, the new course/program will need to be submitted to the Chancellor's Office to complete the process.

Committee Information