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WCC Express achieves Gold Level Certification

WCC Express, the school-based enterprise at Waynesville Career Center, was among 246 school-based enterprises achieving Gold Level Certification for the 2020-21 school year and will be recognized during DECA’s Virtual International Career Development Conference on April 19-23, 2021.

The WCC DECA members who contributed to the certification were Sira Rawaekklang and Lydia Choi with the assistance of their DECA chapter advisor, Peggy Arnold. The school-based enterprise (SBE) at WCC has operated for seven years.

SBEs are entrepreneurial operations in a school setting that provide 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. SBEs provide 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 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, DECA’s chief program officer. “These DECA members are practicing important workplace readiness skills while preparing for college and careers.”

SBEs can be certified at three levels: bronze, silver or gold. DECA’s School-based Enterprise programs are sponsored by Intuit and Otis Spunkmeyer Inc.

About DECA Inc.

DECA is a career and technical student organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs who are interested in careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, apply learning, connect to business and promote competition. DECA student members leverage their DECA experience to become academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders. DECA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with more than 225,000 members in 4,000 high school and college chapters in all 50 United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and Germany.


Feb 12, 2021