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ACTE Announces Montana Business Teacher as National Award Finalist



September 13, 2016

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



ACTE Announces Montana Business Teacher as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announces Chad Eichenlaub, business teacher for St. Regis School District in Montana, as the 2016 Region V New Teacher of the Year. This award recognizes CTE teachers with 3-5 years’ experience (at the middle, secondary or postsecondary level) who have made significant contributions toward innovative and unique career and technical education programs and shown a professional commitment early in their careers. 

Chad Eichenlaub is a business teacher in St. Regis, Montana, a small K-12 school district with an average enrollment of 144 students, 90% free and reduced lunch rates, and the fifth highest unemployment rate in the state. Since taking over the business education program, Eichenlaub has expanded course offerings to align with state business education standards and offer dual credit. Through new partnerships, he helped establish a Big Sky Pathway for his high school students to seamlessly transfer to a college program upon graduation. These initiatives have tripled his program enrollment in the last three years. Eichenlaub’s Business Professionals of America (BPA) chapter has had six national qualifiers, three state champions, one national runner-up. The chapter has received four Silver Star Awards for chapter development and was recognized with the 2014 Spirit of Professionalism award for the State of Montana. Additionally, the chapter has received several National awards: two Quality Chapter Distinctions, two BPA Special Olympics Awards, a Marketing & Public Relations Award, a Chapter Activities Award of Excellence, and a Community Service Award. 

Eichenlaub also serves as the technology coordinator for the district, overseeing the rollout of a 1:1 initiative and setting new standards for the use of technology in CTE programs. As the district’s program director for GEAR-UP, he leads the initiative to improve St. Regis’ graduation and college enrollment rates through career and postsecondary exploration. Eichenlaub’s students are active in community revitalization projects, using their business acumen to partner with the county Chamber of Commerce on the development of a 64-page business directory and a visitors’ guide for the county. “Chad Eichenlaub added a dimension to St. Regis High School that never existed,” says Monte Turner of Mineral Community Hospital. “We are very fortunate he has chosen us.”  

Eichenlaub 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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