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MNTC Entrepreneurship Students Earn National DECA Award

(NORMAN, Okla.) Dec. 20, 2011 – Moore Norman Technology Center’s Entrepreneurship class has learned they are one of three* Oklahoma DECA chapters to earn the National DECA Summit Level recognition for work they submitted during the National DECA Week Aspire Higher campaign in October.

The Summit Level is the highest award given by the National DECA student organization out of three standings. The Summit Level challenged DECA chapters across the U.S. to perform five school outreach activities, contribute five DECA alumni success stories and perform five community outreach activities during DECA Week.

Because of their new DECA Summit Level status, MNTC's students have earned a series of Guiding Principles posters for their class, status patches for their DECA competition blazers, a plaque for MNTC and their chapter will be profiled on the national website, www.deca.org.

Guided by Entrepreneurship Instructor Nancy Holt, the class held a DECA Kickoff with multiple internal activities including hosting five former student speakers, creating a DECA-based learning and retention bingo game, they held a coupon book fundraiser inside the onsite Backroom Clothing Company and they attended a Business Day event at the University of Oklahoma, featuring a tour of the Price School of Business.

In order to qualify for the Summit Level, the Entrepreneurship class also held multiple events over the semester to generate awareness and interest about their program including: A parent-student dinner at the beginning of the school year to welcome new students and their families into the Entrepreneurship family, hosted a DECA Serve Day in the Backroom Clothing Company for a community service activity, they heard a Entrepreneurship graduate - now a millionaire - discuss various aspects of business finance and they raised $25,000 for a community service/DECA-based trip to New York during this past Thanksgiving holiday.

“I’m so proud of my students,” said Holt, “they work so hard and they care so much about the work they do in class and in the community; it feels so wonderful to earn a National DECA recognition like this.”

For more information about MNTC’s Entrepreneurship class or other full-time or part-time education opportunities visitwww.mntechnology.com or call 4005-364-5763

*The DECA chapter at Ponca City High School and Tri County Technology Center in Bartlesville are the other two DECA chapters honored with National DECA Summit Level recognition.

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For more information contact Anna Trowbridge, APR Media & Creative CoordinatorMoore Norman Technology Center 405-364-5763, ext. 7575      anna.trowbridge@mntc.edu         www.mntechnology.com

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