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ACTE Announces Maine Superintendent as National Award Finalist


September 13, 2016 

Contact: Jarrod Nagurka 
jnagurka@acteonline.org, 703-683-9312 



ACTE Announces Maine Superintendent as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announces Dave Keaton, director and superintendent of the Region Two School of Applied Technology in Houlton, Maine, as the 2016 ACTE Region I Administrator of the Year. This award recognizes career and technical education (CTE) administrators, program specialists/coordinators, and other CTE personnel who have made significant contributions toward innovative, unique and effective career and technical programs. 

As the director/superintendent for the Region Two School of Applied Technology in Houlton, Maine, Dave Keaton has ushered in administrative changes that significantly increased school spirit, improved student and teacher relationships, and nearly doubled program enrollment. Under Keaton’s leadership, the school developed its own National Technical Honor Society chapter; was selected as one of two schools to receive a state safety award; and, for the first time, saw its SkillsUSA students move forward to receive gold medals in state contests. Keaton introduced a new “Bridge Year” program that enables CTE students to complete one college year upon high school graduation; through a series of aspiration grants, the school has facilitated student visits to colleges, military installations, and other industry training and degree institutions. Through these major initiatives and a myriad of subtle gestures such as decorating the school hallways with banners of alumni colleges and universities, Keaton has made postsecondary education a more visible and tangible target for Region Two students. 

Keaton is a regular advocate for CTE, recently testifying alongside his instructors and students on behalf of a $25 million bond supporting new CTE equipment. Furthermore, he has developed new partnerships with organizations to pursue grant funding for Maine’s CTE forestry programs. Prior to his election to the national ACTE board of directors as Region I vice president, Keaton organized a CTE Consortium involving Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont to serve as a collective voice in CTE for the three states, and subsequently assisted in the startup of an official ACTE Maine association in 2015. Colleague and ACTE Maine President, Bo Zabierek, credits Keaton with a trend of positive developments throughout the region, saying, “Dave is committed to CTE excellence in the state of Maine and beyond.” 

Keaton is one of five finalists for the 2017 national title. The national winner will be announced at the ACTE Awards Banquet, a dinner and award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The event will take place on Wednesday evening, November 30, during ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Awards Banquet is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, the US Army, CareerSafe, Certiport, Stratasys, and International Baccalaureate. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, visit our webpage.  


About ACTE 
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities. 


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