The School-Based Enterprise (SBE) at of Sammamish, WA was among the five school stores in the United States achieving Bronze Level Certification this year. The students that worked on the certification were Taylor Knott and Anna Groven, with the assistance of their advisor Ronda Patrick. The school store at Eastside Catholic High School has operated for 1 year and is to be commended for this achievement.
School-based Enterprises are effective educational tools in helping to prepare students for the transition from school to work or college. For many students, they provide the first work experience; for others, they provide an opportunity to build management, supervision and leadership skills. While some in the education community have only recently discovered the value of school-based enterprises, marketing educators and DECA advisors have used them as a powerful learning lab for more than four decades
DECA’s School-based Enterprise (SBE) Certification Program was developed to provide recognition for outstanding achievement by school-based enterprises and to motivate SBEs to strive for excellence and to grow.
School stores can be certified at three levels: Bronze, Silver or Gold. In order to apply for the certification, SBEs must submit extensive documentation showing how they have achieved set standards that are outlined in the certification guidelines. After the documentation is submitted, a review committee evaluates the documentation to determine which level of certification has been achieved.
DECA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit student organization preparing its membership for careers in marketing, management, finance and hospitality. DECA operates in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, Canada, Germany and Mexico through charters held by each state’s/province’s department of education. DECA has over 200,000 members nationwide.
Complete information about DECA’s School-based Enterprise Certification Program can be found at www.deca.org/sbe.
-- Information from Eastside Catholic School.