King Philip DECA Recognized for Outstanding School-Based Enterprise

WRENTHAM — Superintendent Paul Zinni and King Philip DECA Marketing Coordinator James Dow are pleased to report that the King Philip Mini Mall, the school-based enterprise at King Philip Regional High School, was among 246 school-based enterprises achieving gold certification for the 2020-2021 school year and will be recognized during DECA’s Virtual International Career Development Conference this April.

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.

KP DECA advisers have utilized this educational tool for more than 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 KP DECA members who contributed to the certification were Emma Naggar and Abby Nixon, with the assistance of Coordinator Dow. The King Philip Mini Mall has operated for four years.

“We are extremely pleased with the success of the King Philip Mini Mall,” Coordinator Dow said. “The success of this program falls solely to the hard-working students who have shown dedication and perseverance through DECA’s chapter program.”

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 their 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 programs are sponsored by Intuit and Otis Spunkmeyer, Inc.

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