Moffat County High School DECA/FBLA: Teaching real world skills to create leaders in business |

Moffat County High School DECA/FBLA: Teaching real world skills to create leaders in business

Lauren Blair

— Students often hear about the “real world” outside of school, but few organizations prepare them for it as well as Moffat County High School’s DECA and FBLA clubs.

Members of DECA — previously known as Distributive Education Clubs of America — and Future Business Leaders of America are getting a jump on how to be successful in the adult world, from practicing job interviews to launching their own marketing campaigns.

“It’s a lot of networking ability, public speaking and building confidence for not just dealing with their peers but being confident with people who have far more experience and being able to hold their own with them,” DECA/FBLA advisor and MCHS business teacher Krista Schenck said.

Schenck has seen many of her students go on to have great success in college and in their careers.

“They have no problems dealing with adults because they learned those skills,” Schenck said. “I’m just so proud. They are leaders in their colleges and in their jobs.”

MCHS graduate and former DECA/FBLA member Kirstie McPherson, class of 2012, will graduate from Montana Tech in May with a double major in business science and information technology marketing and management. McPherson first became an entrepreneur at the age of 14 and recently launched her new company, Edeveco.

“This is essentially what I’m going to be doing for the rest of my life,” McPherson said.

The company will focus on public relations and business development for startup companies as well as established businesses in several major cities nationwide. McPherson is Edeveco’s chief executive officer. She already has two employees — an operations officer and a venture seeker and business development manager — and is looking to add two more.

“Honestly, what I do now is so much of the networking thing, being able to feel comfortable in big crowds of people, being comfortable with myself, and DECA/FBLA is the biggest cause of what helped me to do that,” McPherson said. “Also learning about different business concepts, writing business plans, talking about your ideas to groups of people — all of that was incredibly important to me and my life.”

McPherson will return to Craig this summer to launch a community development pilot program, rounding out her company’s work with a rural development component.

Whether students launch into the business world like McPherson or simply learn how to shine in an interview and land a job, DECA/FBLA is helping students to build successful careers.

“I feel like when I apply for a job, I’ll probably be better prepared, like I might know what to expect. I don’t feel as nervous,” MCHS sophomore Makayla Thompson said. “I learned how interviews go in real life, what they say, what they ask you, situations you have to deal with. I got amazing experience from it.”

Kirstie McPherson can be reached at

Contact Lauren Blair at 970-875-1794 or or follow her on Twitter @CDP_Education.

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