Career Technical Education


Welcome to the Career Technical Education Committee.

The Academic Senate's Career Education (CE) (WED CE site) Committee establishes the forum for continually enhancing SMC's CTE programs. The Career Education Faculty Resources page has several guides and other resources.

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, Debbie Perret: 310-434-8716
Vice-Chair, Steven Sedky: 310-434-4845


Membership: Faculty and Administrators 


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

Location: View the meeting calendar for the locations.

BDP Ad Hoc Committee

Agendas & Minutes

Career Education Outcomes Survey 2019

Click this link to view the the detailed analysis of CTEOS data from 2016 to 2019. The report can be filtered by year, program, and demographic groups.

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