Wilkes Community College’s Program Advisory Committees held a kickoff event on Friday, October 19, at the ECMD Commons in Alumni Hall on the Wilkes Community College Campus. WCC’s Program Advisory Committees are an essential link between the area’s business and industry community and the college. Whether preparing students for entry into the world of work, or for transfer to a four-year college or university, advisory committees provide input to ensure the relevance of the college’s curricula in a rapidly changing world. Additionally, the committees advise the institution regarding the improvement of programs in an effort to more adequately meet the needs of the community. Committee members are local educators, business and industry representatives and local citizens from the three-county service area who are familiar with and interested in the needs of the community. There are 253 advisory members representing 18 areas of study. Wilkes Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties.