Eleven Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) DECA chapters earned Gold-level School- Based Enterprise (SBE) certification or recertification for their school stores.
DECA is an association of marketing students. A school-based enterprise is an entrepreneurial operation managed and operated by students. They are hands-on learning laboratories that reflect national curriculum standards in marketing, finance, hospitality or management.
For the certification process, SBE student managers and DECA members complete a written project showcasing how their school-based business adheres to select model business standards.
Recognition is provided for outstanding achievement at three levels: bronze, silver and gold. SBEs earning Gold-level Certification or Gold Recertification are eligible to participate in the exclusive SBE Academy and competition, held at the International Career Development Conference.
This year, 512 SBEs earned Gold-level certification or recertification.