Mission Statement

The staff of Common Grounds is committed to providing high quality drinks and superior customer service to Washburn Rural students, staff, and community.

Development of 21st Century Skills

Students will use decision making and problem solving skills, participate as a team member to achieve common goals, demonstrate time management, take responsibility and display work ethic, and demonstrate a working knowledge of workplace issues.

DECA Recognizes Outstanding School-based Enterprises – 2015-16 School Year

The School-Based Enterprise at Washburn Rural High School of Topeka, KS was among 285 school-based enterprises in the United States achieving Gold Level Certification (or Gold Level Re-certification) this year and will be recognized at DECA’s International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Florida. The students who worked on the certification were Katie Gnagi with the assistance of her advisor Brian McFall. The school-based enterprises at Washburn Rural High School are Common Grounds Coffee Shop. The students should be commended for this achievement.

A school-based enterprise (SBE) is an entrepreneurial operation in a school setting that provides goods and services to meet the needs of the market. SBEs are managed and operated by students as hands-on learning laboratories that integrate National Curriculum Standards in Marketing, Finance, Hospitality and Management. Marketing educators and DECA advisors have utilized this effective educational tool for over four decades to provide their students with realistic and practical learning experiences that reinforce classroom instruction, enhance 21st century skill development, and prepare students for college and careers.

DECA’s School-based Enterprise Certification Program was developed to provide recognition for outstanding achievement by school-based enterprises and to motivate SBEs to strive for excellence and growth. SBEs can be certified at three levels: Bronze, Silver or Gold. In order to apply for the certification, SBEs must submit extensive documentation that demonstrates their adherence to various marketing and retail standards. After the documentation is submitted, a review committee evaluates the documentation to determine which level of certification has been achieved.

Before School – 7:00 – 7:55
Lunch               – 12:00 – 1:15