About DECA

What is DECA?


DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. DECA enhances the co-curricular education of members through a comprehensive learning program that integrates into classroom instruction, applies learning, connects to business, and promotes competition.

DECA’s activities assist in the development of academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders.

DECA Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit student organization with more than 200,000 members in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Canada, China, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, Korea, Mexico and Puerto Rico. The United States Congress, the United States Department of Education and state, district, and international departments of education authorize DECA’s programs. For more information, visit the official DECA website.

Who belongs to this dynamic organization?


Any student enrolled or previously enrolled in a marketing, business, or economics course, in which there is a DECA chapter, can join DECA. Marketing education or business teachers serve as individual chapter advisors and may choose to have an election of chapter officers to assist in running the chapter. DECA chapters are all self-supporting, with members paying chapter, state association, and national membership fees.




Why is DECA important to the business community?


DECA advisors and chapter members take an active part in the development and growth of the communities in which they live and work. Students learn vocational understanding while still in school, which is necessary to compete in marketing, management, and entrepreneurship careers. These career-oriented young people are actively involved in creative marketing projects directly related to the careers of their choice.




Why are DECA related activities important to our school?

DECA chapter activities contribute substantially to the primary purpose of school, which is to develop well-educated citizens who have self-confidence, self-esteem, leadership ability, and the proper understanding of the free enterprise system. DECA chapters are invariable “showcases” for student achievement and progress, reflecting favorably on teachers, DECA advisors, and school administrators at the local and state levels.




How can I join DECA?


Pick up a DECA application from Mrs. Ciccatelli's Room D308.