The DECA store at Lake Stevens High School.
The School-Based Enterprise (SBE) at Lake Stevens High School of Lake Stevens was among the 112 school stores in the nation that achieved Gold Re-certification this year and will be recognized at DECA’s International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Flor.
The students that worked on the Certification were Alia Kelly, Lindsey Danas, and Brianna Klein with the assistance of their advisor Karen Morton. The school store at Lake Stevens High School has met the Gold-level standards each year since 2007 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.