UCS School stores are golden!
UCS School stores are golden!
Posted on 02/08/2019
For the third time in four years, all four Utica Community Schools high school stores have earned national recognition for promoting excellence in business education.

The school stores received national certification for outstanding achievement for their School-based Enterprises (SBE) through DECA.

DECA, an organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers and education in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe, selected 360 school stores for Gold-level Certification, or Gold Re-certification, from a nationwide competing field of hundreds of schools.

Eisenhower, Henry Ford II, Stevenson and Utica high schools all received Gold-level Certification.

To become DECA-Certified, the stores – known as School Based Enterprises – complete a written project detailing how their business adheres to select model business standards. After the documentation is submitted, a review committee evaluates the documentation to determine which level of certification has been achieved. Recognition is provided for outstanding achievement at three levels: bronze, silver and gold.

School store advisors are: Eisenhower, Louise LaFaive; Henry Ford II, Jennifer DeClerck Milke and Nick Kawala; Stevenson, Heather Gabriel; Utica, marketing teacher Dana Boice.

Eisenhower, Henry Ford II, Stevenson, and Utica high schools will all send student representatives to participate in the exclusive School-based Enterprise Academy, only open to invited Gold Certified and Gold Re-certified school stores. The Academy is held annually during DECA's International Career Development Conference (ICDC). The ICDC will be in late April.

DECA's School-based Enterprise Certification Program was developed to provide recognition for outstanding achievement to grow and strive for excellence. DECA currently has over 215,000 members with 3,500 high school chapters.

Complete information about DECA's School-based Enterprise Certification Program can be found at www.deca.org/sbe.