Spartan Stoppe earns GOLD certification through DECA
Spartan Stoppe, the school-based enterprise at Sparta High School, was among 246 school-based enterprises achieving GOLD certification for the 2020-2021 school year and will be recognized during DECA’s Virtual International Career Development Conference, slated to take place April 19-23.
A school-based enterprise (SBE) is an entrepreneurial operation in a school setting that provides goods and services to meet the needs of its market. SBEs are managed and operated by students for a hands-on learning experience to integrate National Curriculum Standards in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.
Sparta High School DECA member Amanda Jaeger, a junior at SHS, contributed to the certification this year with the assistance of DECA Advisor Jamie Adams.
Jaeger has been involved in DECA since her freshman year when she first started working in the Spartan Stoppe.
“I had taken Mrs. Adams' class and she asked if I would work in the store during my study hall,” Jaeger said. “I would restock the items and work the cash register.”
The SBE at Spartan Stoppe has operated for over 45 years and is to be commended for this achievement.
DECA’s SBE Certification Program provides recognition for outstanding achievements by SBEs and to motivate participants 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 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 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.
Jaeger is not exactly sure what she wants to do after she graduates high school, but a business degree is something she’s considering. She said by working at Spartan Stoppe she has gained perspective on several aspects of business.
“During my time in the store, I learned a lot about selling. The time it takes to get orders in, and how supply and demand works,” she said. “You don't want to order something nobody will buy. It feels pretty cool to be recognized, I'm happy it earned a GOLD.”