Hamilton High School’s Charger Corner earned Gold certification this year and will be recognized at the DECA International Career Development Conference in Atlanta.
Hamilton students who worked on attaining certification were Andrew Tai and Tyler Vandermolen with assistance from faculty advisors and marketing teachers Amanda Fields and Skip Hay. Hamilton is one of 391 schools in the United States achieving gold level. The Charger Corner has operated for 16 years.
School-based enterprises (SBE) are effective educational tools in helping to prepare students for the transition from school to work or college. DECA developed the SBE Certification Program to recognize outstanding achievement and motivate excellence and growth. The program provides enterprises with standards for model school store operation. A DECA review committee determines if a school store is certified with a bronze, silver or gold designation. The gold certification is the highest among three levels.
DECA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit student organization preparing its membership for careers in marketing, management, finance and hospitality. It has more than 220,000 members nationwide. There are 78 students involved in Hamilton’s DECA Chapter.