Airport High School store earns honors; DECA students going to Georgia

Julia Mills (left) and Avery Palmer, DECA students at Airport High School, will be recognized at DECA’s International Career Development Conference in March in Atlanta, Ga.
Provided by Teresa Millican
Julia Mills (left) and Avery Palmer, DECA students at Airport High School, will be recognized at DECA’s International Career Development Conference in March in Atlanta, Ga. Provided by Teresa Millican
The Locker, Airport High School's school store, sells spirit wear and accessories.
Provided by Teresa Millican
The Locker, Airport High School's school store, sells spirit wear and accessories. Provided by Teresa Millican

CARLETON -- Some Airport High School DECA students are going to Georgia in March.

The students, including Avery Palmer and Julia Mills, will be recognized during DECA’s International Career Development Conference in Atlanta.

Airport DECA students run The Locker school store, a school-based enterprise (SBE) at AHS. The Locker is among 461 school-based enterprises to achieve Gold Level Certification for the 2021-2022 school year.

The Locker has been run by Airport’s DECA and marketing classes for more than eight years. It’s open a few hours each school day and during all three lunch periods. Three students work each hour. The store sells spirit wear and accessories, Teresa Millican, DECA adviser for the last 16 years, said.

The Locker is located in the cafeteria and is considered a school-based enterprise.

“A school-based enterprise is an entrepreneurial operation in a school setting that provides goods and services to meet the needs of the market,” DECA said. “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."

Certification of SBEs must be updated every five years.

Avery and Julia, with the assistance of Millican, submitted a 55-page document that outlined the store and its features.

“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,” Christopher Young, CAE, Chief Program Officer at DECA Inc., said. “These DECA members are practicing important workplace readiness skills while preparing for college and careers.”

The Locker earned the highest level, gold.

“DECA’s School-based Enterprise Certification Program provides recognition for outstanding achievement by school-based enterprises and to motivate SBEs to strive for excellence and growth,” Young said. “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 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 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.

On the Net: visit http://www.deca.org.

This article originally appeared on The Monroe News: Airport High School store earns honors; DECA students going to Georgia