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2021-2022 OACTE PR Division Updates

Please take a moment to watch this video message to get caught up on all things OACTE PR.

Here are important dates/links to go along with the video:

New OACTE PR Division Google Drive

  • New location!
  • Save the above link to your favorites
  • Be sure to check the Contacts spreadsheet & keep your district’s contact info up-to-date


August Meeting:

  • August 31st, 2021 at 10:00am
  • Virtual
  • Kelsey Webb, Brian Wilfong, & Alicia Mowry will share with members what they presented at the Ohio ACTE Conference about the importance of having your PR/Communicator at the leadership table.
  • Bring your supt and/or admin
  • Alicia Mowry will send out a meeting request to get this on your calendar, but plan ahead now

October Meeting:

  • Date: TBD
  • Virtual
  • Topic: What we’re keeping from COVID & what we’re returning to pre-COVID (mostly recruitment-related)

December Meeting:

  • Date: TBD
  • Topic: Planning for statewide initiative for CTE Month
  • In-person at DACC

 April Meeting

      • Date: Usually end of April
      • Collaborating with Ohio School Public Relations Association to hold meeting
      • Look for info soon about joining OHSPRA

Discussion Forum

The forum is open to all of those interested in PR/Communications for CTE.  Please sign into the web site in the upper right hand corner to participate.  NOTE:  Only Ohio ACTE members may participate in the discussion forum, so you must sign in.

Public Relations Division 


 Zoom meetings: January 2020 Meeting Date TBD


Alicia Mowry

Public Information Officer

Delaware Area Career Center

Winter 2020 Update from the Chair:

First, I just want to say thank you to everyone who reached out to wish us luck on our Virtual Open House event & to those of you who followed up to see how it went. I feel so grateful to have made such good friends in this group and especially now, that I’m able to meet and get to know so many more of you.

If you haven’t held your Open House yet, don’t forget to check out the list we compiled of who is holding in person vs virtual. Reach out to any of these individuals for tips or lessons-learned.

Open House

Our event went better than expected last night. In total, we had 673 visitors – 349 parents and 324 students. All of our instructors were in their own Microsoft Teams room & held 3 sessions. We highly recommend pairing an instructor with a moderator. Very few people wanted to turn their cameras or microphones on, so a lot of the interaction came in through the chat, which is hard to moderate while you’re presenting. We also provided this document to every registrant ahead of time, which was really helpful. Kudos to Mary Siekman & Tiffany McComas from our team for putting this all together!

Buckeye Career Center and Ohio Hi-Point also held virtual Open House events this week. Great job & congratulations, Kelsey & Shyanne!

Application Numbers

If you don’t mind sharing, how do your application numbers look compared to this time last year? We are sitting at 267 applications. At this time last year, we had 519. We knew going in that applications would increase at a much slower rate this year, but it’s still hard to see the dip. What are you experiencing? Feel free to reply-to-all or send directly to me & I’ll compile some answers in one email.

Virtual Tours

If you’re interested in the concept of a virtual tour or just want to see what everyone else’s career centers look like, take a look at these virtual tours that are now live! Great work to everyone involved!

Ohio Hi-Point




Have a great weekend! You are all doing amazing things that no one in our positions have ever done before. We should all be patting ourselves on the back for a job well done.

Alicia Mowry

Public Information Officer

Delaware Area Career Center

Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education

38 Commerce Park Dr. Suite D, Westerville, Ohio
(614) 890-ACTE (2283)
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