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Marriott Foundation Grant Awarded to SHS DECA

Through a generous grant from the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation, the SHS DECA chapter has been selected to receive a three-year license for the Knowledge Matters, Virtual Business Challenge (VBC) Hotel series. The curriculum engages students by presenting them with challenges around 10 hospitality lessons and several projects, such as model simulations, key vocabulary words, and quizzes to assess reading comprehension. As DECA Inc. enters its seventh grant year collaborating with the Marriott Foundation and Knowledge Matters for the Virtual Business Hotel curriculum, this organization is pleased to continue providing DECA advisors with the tools and resources to encourage students to explore careers in the hospitality industry. As a co-curricular program, DECA offers Marketing teachers the opportunity to utilize multiple interactive resources, including this exciting Knowledge Matters VBC Hotel Series, in Marketing classes at SHS, so that students benefit from real-life, industry-related experiences. The three-year grant is valued at $1,795.