High School DECA Members in the Real World

Samantha Thompson | Edmond Memorial DECA
Photo courtesy of @decanathan on Instagram.

Jasco is a global organization that is a licensed manufacturer for many home electrical products. Established in 1975, the privately held Jasco Products Company develops innovation and consumer products for international omni-channel distribution. They are located in Oklahoma City, and as a successful business, DECA members can look up to the techniques and business execution at Jasco.

Since Jasco believes in supporting the community and their projects, senior DECA members from the Edmond Memorial DECA chapter were given the opportunity to tour the Jasco facility on October 18, 2017.

As a project in DECA this year, the students invested both time and resources for a local children’s organization of their choice, and Jasco provided the means for students to accomplish the service for the organization that they wanted by donating supplies to the students.

Speakers from every department within the organization shared their purpose within the company. Not only did Jasco provide speakers for the students, but for a team building activity, they supplied red flyer wagons and student teams tackled a number of problem-solving challenges to earn the necessary tools and parts to assemble the wagon. The students learned that it was not a competition, but instead an alliance of team member strengths to accomplish the wagon assembly.

In addition to gaining stronger relationships, building team strength and developing trust, the DECA members were able to connect with their peers. After the visit at the Jasco facility, the student teams then delivered their wagons with outdoor games and equipment to a children’s non-profit of their choice.

The collaboration of Jasco and the DECA seniors at Memorial made for a team which had the physical products and the time to dedicate to the local children’s organization.

“This was an important thing for my students to see that no matter how big the company, there is still a huge importance to give back to the community through donations and service,” Memorial DECA chapter advisor Kim Walters said, “The fact that a large, successful company would invest time in a high school encourages their efforts to donate to a children’s organization, which is so essential.”

This article was written by Edmond Memorial DECA Reporter, Samantha Thomspon. You can follow Edmond Memorial DECA on Twitter @emhsDECA17.

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