• Committee Member Qualifications:

    Our committee is comprised of chefs, foodservice, hospitality, and nutrition professionals, allied operations (sales, equipment, vendors, growers), at least 2 students, at least 1 parent, at least 1 other culinary arts instructor (non-SCASD), the instructors, and the full-time paraprofessional. The CTC Director serves as an ex-officio committee member.


    Current OAC Members (as of 9/1/2023)

    Zach Lorber - Culinary Arts Instructor - State College Area High School

    Nicole Jones - Culinary Arts Instructor - State College Area High School

    Susan Hohman - Paraprofessional - State College Area High School

    Craig Hamilton - Executive Chef - Mount Nittany Medical Center

    Charles Niedermyer - Culinary Arts Instructor - Pennsylvania College of Technology

    Paul Mach - Retired - Pennsylvania College of Technology

    Stephen Ast - Executive Chef - Wegmans

    Heather McCloskey - Retired - Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center

    Kurt Maidl - Owner - Daily Grind (Altoona)

    Jeff Varcoe - Managing Chef - Penn State University

    Kris Kishbaugh - Chef - Brookling / Juniper Village

    Clay and Melanie Phillips - Owners - Village Eatinghouse

    Mike Benjamin - Owner - Benjamin's Catering

    Shannon Whysong - Parent

    Sierra (Maney) Coulter - Culinary Arts Instructor - Clearfield County Career and Technology Center

    Student Members - pending

    Dr. Ben Mordan - State College Area High School CTC Director



    What Is The OAC (Occupational Advisory Committee):


    Occupational Advisory Committees provide a vital link between the Career Technical Center, and the local and regional business and industry community. Active OACs ensure the relevance of career and technical education programs and serve as an advocate for the impact of career and technical education in addressing regional workforce needs.


    Occupational Advisory Committees (OAC) are mandated by Chapters 4 and 339 of Title 22 of the Pennsylvania Code. These regulations require the establishment of OACs as a condition for career and technical education program approval by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. 


    Best Practices:


    OAC Composition The effectiveness of an OAC is determined, in part, by the perspective and expertise of the committee members. Thus, it is important that each OAC is of sufficient size and a diversity of perspectives to represent the true breadth of an occupation or career field. In contrast, if an OAC is too small or heavily represented by just one type of company in an industry, students could miss out on experiencing the range of career opportunities in a field.


    Composition: Committee membership will be representative of the community in terms of sex, race, age, occupation, socioeconomic status, geographical location, and other locally appropriate factors. A balance between large and small employers will be established and maintained.


    Terms of Membership: Terms of membership will be determined by several factors, including the availability of individuals to serve on the committee. The suggested term of membership is three years, but no term limit exists and members can cycle on and off the committee as life requires


    Qualifications: Committee members will possess characteristics such as an interest in the school and desire to improve the school's programs, vision and leadership experience/potential, experience in or knowledge of the occupations represented in the school's programs as well as other occupations, and high motivation and dedication to the purposes and work of the committee. 


    OACs typically consist of ten to twenty-five members representing the occupational scope of the curriculum.


    Active incumbent workers and supervisors from the industry shall constitute the majority of the membership


    Committees may include a student, a parent, alumni member, and staff members from other educational and workforce development agencies.


    As a rule, vendors of the program are not permitted to serve on OACs due to the potential conflict of interest. Exceptions may be made upon written request to the Administrative Director should the vendor also represent an incumbent worker/supervisor in the related field and who may employ graduates. 


    Member Expectations:

    Attend 2 OAC meetings per year:

    • Participate in safety audit and facility inspection during OAC meetings, reviewing:

      • Housekeeping

      • Safety & Security

      • Organization

      • Physical Condition

      • Equipment and Supplies

      • Personal Protective Equipment

      • Machinery

      • First Aid

    • Consult on curriculum changes, additions, modifications

    • Consult on equipment needs, repairs, upgrades, and replacements


    Participate in one of the following at least once per year:

    • In-class presentation about your field, hands-on demonstration, or career opportunities

    • Host or chaperone a field trip

    • Post job opportunities for our students and graduates

    • Practical judge for NOCTI exam

    • Attend a restaurant event or school-wide catering to view students in action and provide encouragement and support

  • Meeting Dates:

    Meetings will be held at least twice per academic year:

    October 25, 2023 (optional dinner banquet before meeting)

    March 27, 2024 (grab and go meals provided)


    Past Meetings:

    Tuesday, April 9, 2019: 7-830pm, State College Area High School OAC Agenda 04092019

    Tuesday, October 22, 2019: time to be determined via Doodle survey

    Tuesday, March 24, 2020: time to be determined via Doodle survey

Last Modified on October 24, 2023