Michael Breedlove, who is the Business and Marketing Instructor for R.B. Stall High School, brought with him, Adrian Pinckney, Emily Barrios and Jamaria Purdie who bravely took the microphone to explain what their organization does to prepare students for the “real world.”
The focus is to give student members the skills needed to succeed at business. Their presentation gives students and members of the general public as well tips on how to use social media in ways that avoid unintended hurtful consequences.
This week marked the reopening of the Cat Shack at West Ashley High School, the student run school store that offers logo apparel, snacks, and other items for students to purchase between classes and at lunch.
The students operating the store are overseen by Mr. Terry Stutts, the Marketing teacher and adviser for the WAHS DECA student organization. The Cat Shack’s profits help students participate in DECA events at the local, regional and national levels.
“The students welcomed the reopening of the store this week and sales were brisk – we’re very thankful to have these renovations complete,” said Mr. Stutts.
DECA President Haley Bauer provided the following overview of the Cat Shack renovation and the impact it will have on their efforts to raise funds for the Career and Technology Student Organization:
“The Cat Shack is owned and operated by West Ashley High School’s DECA Chapter. DECA is a club that prepares high school students to be leaders and entrepreneurs is marketing, finance, hospitality and management. These students have the opportunity to take classes such as Marketing, Merchandising, Professional Development and Leadership, and Work-based Learning. All of these classes work together to manage and work in our recently renovated school store.
The Cat Shack now has new light fixtures, slat walls, display cases, and has been expanded. For the past month, employees have determined the store layout, merchandise, prices, and employees work schedule. Finally, everything has come together and the Cat Shack was opened on Wednesday, September 27th. All of the money earned from the store goes straight towards DECA needs. It is considered to be one of our biggest fundraisers. So. Wish us luck this year!”
The Cat Shack is well positioned for another great year of sales at West Ashley High School, but the real winners are the students that get to practice customer service and other skills prized by local employers!
R. B. Stall High School’s DECA adviser Michael Breedlove provided the following account of his students’ recent work-based learning visit to a local AT&T retail store:
“We had 11 DECA students attend, and were greeted by a host of AT&T employees and the staff of the local retail store. Students were given a hands on tour of the store working with staff as they helped customers with issues and questions. Students were briefed on the behind the scenes workings of a AT&T retail store. They also got to meet an AT&T partner that provided some of their equipment. The outing ended with a group luncheon at Smokey Bones.”
Thank you to all the professionals from AT&T that invested their time and talent in these DECA students from R. B. Stall High School!
Mr. Micheal Breedlove’s students from R. B. Stall HS recently visited the Charleston AT&T offices for a tour and interactive activities.
The students received certificates for completing the same instructional program the associates in the retail stores go through. The training program covers customer service, contracts, and company upward mobility.
“Work-based learning experiences like these truly empower our students to make wise decisions as they prepare for college and career”, said Mr. Breedlove, a business teacher and athletics coach at R. B. Stall High School in North Charleston.
“AT&T has been a terrific business partner,” Breedlove added.
Come one, come all – support the West Ashley High School DECA team’s success in regional and national competitions by participating in the “5K Dash Thru The Den” race on May 21, 2016 starting at 9am!
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Check out this story on last year’s inaugural 5K race event supporting West Ashley HS DECA:
The West Ashley High School DECA Club competed at the DECA State Career Conference at the North Charleston Coliseum February 26th. Twelve members placed in the top ten and three members placed in the top three.
The West Ashley High School DECA Club is advised by Marketing teacher, Terry Stutts, and is run by a team of five student members. DECA is designed to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management.
High school DECA members from all over South Carolina were invited to compete in the DECA State Career Conference with members from each team competing in various categories. DECA’s evaluation process involves students in both a written component such as an exam or report and an interactive component where an industry professional serves as a judge.During the interactive component, members are presented with a real-world problem and given 10 minutes to come up with a solution which they in turn present to the judge. The objective is to be one of the top three finishers in order to qualify for the next level of competition.
Senior Ashante Edwards placed first in the Apparel and Accessories Marketing category.
The following WAHS students were placed in the top 3 in their respective categories, earning a trip to nationals also:
- WAHS Senior Liam Wheless, Retail Merchandising
- WAHS Freshman Lupe Chaves, Principles of Hospitality and Tourism
- WAHS Sophomore Rodney Graham, Principles of Business Management and Administration
These members qualified to compete in the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Nashville, Tennessee April 23rd. The categories will be the same, but instead of just competing against other high schools in South Carolina, West Ashley High DECA members will compete against DECA members from across the nation.
Story by Donnie Newton, WAHS Public Relations Coordinator
Wando High School’s DECA Team led by Marketing & Management Teacher Mr. Kirk Beilke had 67 students participate in 27 different events at the recent DECA state competition. 15 of his students were competitive qualifiers and will join over 10,000 competitors from 9 countries at the ICDC – International Career and Development Conference in Nashville, TN April 23-27.
Wando also has 10 DECA members enrolled to attend upcoming Leadership Workshops and a Senior Management Institute. Congratulations to the amazing students in DECA at Wando High School on their success and best of luck to those moving on to nationals!
Mason Hammond – Professional Selling Hospitality
Madison Mead – Professional Selling Financial Services