Scott Tech. DECA recognized for outstanding school-based enterprise

Pictured above, Lancey-Joe Bellamy from Billings High School and Kale Murphy from Pierce City High School were named the DECA finalists for the Scott Regional Technical Center DECA group. The duo represented The Scotty Store and earned finalist status at ICDC in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo submitted)

The Scotty Store, represented by students Bellamy, Murphy, named finalist at ICDC in Anaheim, Calif.
The Scotty Store, the school-based enterprise at Scott Regional Tech Center (SRTC) was among 728 school-based enterprises achieving gold-level re-certification for the 2023-2024 school year and was recognized during DECA’s International Career Development Conference this April 27-30, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif.
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. 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.
The SRTC DECA members who contributed to the certification were the Marketing I students with the assistance of their DECA chapter advisor, Trisha Henry. The SBE at SRTC has operated for over 15 years and is to be commended for this achievement.
Earning Gold re-certification qualifies SRTC DECA to send two students to the International Career Development Conference where they attend workshops and compete against other Gold SBEs in presenting how The Scotty Store fulfills various aspects of entrepreneurship. Kale Murphy a senior from Pierce City, and Lancey-Joe Bellamy a junior from Billings, represented The Scotty Store and earned Finalist status at ICDC. This honor places the team in the top 20 internationally.

“We are so proud of how well Kale and Lancey-Joe represented Scott Tech Marketing and The Scotty Store. We are thrilled with their achievement and excited to bring this honor to Scott Tech for the support that the entire building bestows on The Scotty Store,” Trisha Henry, advisor.
“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’s School-based Enterprise Certification Program provides recognition for outstanding achievement by school-based enterprises and motivates 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 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 program is sponsored by Otis Spunkmeyer Inc. and Pop Chips/You Need This.


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