​​​​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 programs.

Scope & Functions


The committee acts as a liaison between Career Technical Education (CTE) 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 using a transparent process to promote the development, expansion, and improvement of Career Technical Education programs on campus.

  • 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.

  • Enhances communication among CTE programs at SMC.

  • Researches and discusses industry trends.

  • Gathers and utilizes labor market information.

  • Encourages information-sharing and the leveraging of resources whenever possible.

  • Determines the necessary skills, student recruitment needs, and overall costs of establishing new programs.

  • Recommends distribution of Perkins funds.


Chair, Sal Veas: (310) 434-4617

Vice Chair, Patricia Ramos: (310) 434-3311


Membership: Faculty and Administrators (Tentative as of 8/31/17)

  • Administration

    • Dione Carter
    • Frank Dawson
    • Partricia Ramos
  • Voting Members

    • Chris Fria
    • Laura Manson
    • Maria Munoz
    • Debbie Perret
    • Howard Stahl
    • Sal Veas
  • Members

    • Eve Adler
    • Leigh Allen
    • Robert Armstrong
    • Fariba Bolandhemat
    • Ashanti Blaize
    • Nancy Cardenas
    • Salvador Carrasco
    • Ruth Casillas
    • Stuart Cooley
    • Mariana DeLaGarza
    • Jacqueline Espinoza
    • Adrianne Harrop
    • Gary Huff
    • Nathan Khalil
    • Sasha King
    • Maria Leon-Vazquez
    • Kaysha Morgan
    • Sharyn Obsatz
    • Tom Peters
    • Steve Peterson
    • Vicki Rothman
    • Saul Rubin
    • Salvador Santana
    • Perviz Sawoski
    • Steven Sedky
    • Redelia Shaw
    • Eric Williams


Time: Every other Tuesday, 1 to 2:15 p.m.

Location: PDF FileView the meeting calendar for the locations.

Agendas & Minutes

Approval Process for New CTE Programs/Courses

  1. 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.

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

  3. Assignment of Faculty: Faculty member(s) are then assigned to develop the core(s)/program(s).

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

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

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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