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DECA recognizes outstanding school stores

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By The Staff

The School-Based Enterprise at Taylor County High School was among the school stores to achieve Gold Level Certification this year and will be recognized at DECA's International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, Ga.

Wes Parker, store manager, worked on the certification with the assistance of his advisor, Patty Evans. The school store at Taylor County High School has operated an SBE for 13 years.

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 teaching tool for more than four decades.

DECA's School-Based Enterprise 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 not-for-profit student organization preparing its membership for careers in marketing, management and entrepreneurship. 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 more than 185,000 members nationwide.

Complete information about DECA's School-Based Enterprise Certification Program can be found at www.schoolbasedenterprises.org.