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MHS DECA duo captures first place at state contest

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Middlesex High School students Jocelyn Griffin (left) and Erin Jackson at the DECA State Leadership Conference in Virginia Beach on March 2.

Middlesex Chapter of DECA placed first in “School Based Enterprise Exploring” at the Annual State Leadership Conference in Virginia Beach on March 2.

A School Based Enterprise (SBE) is an entrepreneurial operation in a school setting that provides goods/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 or Management. SBEs provide realistic and practical learning experiences that reinforce classroom instruction. School-based enterprises are effective educational tools in helping to prepare students for the transition from school to work or college. For many students, they provide the first work experience; for others, they provide an opportunity to build management, supervision and leadership skills.

Jocelyn Griffin and Erin Jackson of Middlesex High School’s DECA Chapter participated in a 15-minute oral presentation exploring the possibility and feasibility of opening a School Based Enterprise (Charger Spirit Store) and responded to judges’ questions.

DECA members also attended the 2014 SBE Academy that combined networking and idea generation with SBE Gold Certification chapters.

posted 03.12.2014

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