DECA Recognizes outstanding school-based enterprises

Saturday, February 24, 2018
Scott Tech student Kelsey Pederson displays the School Based Enterprise recognition she helped secure for the school with DECA advisor Jill Fanin. Contributed photo

Scott Tech among 391 schools nationwide in spotlight

The School-Based Enterprise at the Scott Regional Technology Center in Monett was among 391 school-based enterprises in the U.S. achieving Gold Level Certification (or Gold Level Re-certification) this school year.

Scott Tech will be recognized at DECA’s International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The school-based enterprise at Scott Regional Technology Center has operated for six year(s) and is to be commended for this achievement.

The student who worked on the certification was Kelsey Pederson from Berean Christian Academy, with the assistance of their advisor, Jill Fannin.

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.

Marketing educators and 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 was developed to provide 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 demonstrates their adherence to various marketing and retail standards. After the documentation is submitted, a review committee evaluates the documentation to determine which level of certification has been achieved.

Complete information about DECA’s School-based Enterprise Certification Program can be found at