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UHS school store named among nation's best student enterprises
UHS school store named among nation's best student enterprises
Posted on 02/08/2021
School Store ManagersChief Connection, the school-based enterprise at Utica High School, was among 246 school-based enterprises achieving gold level for the 2020-2021 school year.

The student store will be recognized during DECA’s Virtual International Career Development Conference this April 19-23, 2021. This is the 10th year that the UHS school store has earned this recognition. 

The Utica High School DECA members who contributed to the certification were Keagan Mahar, Nolan Dishman and Ryan VanHeusden with the assistance of their DECA chapter advisor, Dana Boice.

"I am so proud of these boys and there willingness to continue to work hard while adjusting how to run the store online and write the certification paper. I am excited to watch them compete at the virtual ICDC in late April," Boice said. 

A school-based enterprise (SBE) is an entrepreneurial operation in a school setting that provides goods and services to meet the needs of the market. SBEs are managed and operated by students as hands-on learning laboratories that integrate National Curriculum Standards in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

DECA advisors have utilized this effective educational tool for over four decades to provide their students with realistic and practical learning experiences that reinforce classroom instruction, enhance 21st century skill development, and prepare students for college and careers.

“DECA’s School-based Enterprise Certification Program is a rigorous process designed to help DECA members demonstrate their classroom learning in a practical, learning laboratory, and then translate that into meaningful outcomes,” said Christopher Young, CAE, Chief Program Officer at DECA Inc. “These DECA members are practicing important workplace readiness skills while preparing for college and careers.”

DECA’s School-based Enterprise Certification Program provides recognition for outstanding achievement by school-based enterprises and to motivate SBEs to strive for excellence and growth. SBEs can be certified at three levels: bronze, silver or gold.

In order to apply for the certification, SBEs must submit extensive documentation that explains how the SBE demonstrates the practice of various marketing and retail standards. A review committee evaluates the documentation to determine which level of certification has been achieved.

DECA’s School-based Enterprise programs are sponsored by Intuit and Otis Spunkmeyer Inc.

Cutline - Nolan Dishman, Ryan VanHeusden and Keagan Mahar at a conference last year in Detroit.