DECA members organize into chapters around courses, programs of study, academies or other forms of career and technical education programs that are engaged in preparing high school and college students for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management at the high school or college levels. A school or campus may have multiple chapters each reflecting the career focus or course content, or they may operate as a single chapter that includes one or more of the content areas.

A teacher, instructor or professor advises chapters in one or more of the content areas. This close connection to the curriculum is the key ingredient in members leveraging their DECA experience to become emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality or management. With this connection to the curriculum, DECA members and advisors are able to integrate DECA activities into the classroom, apply the classroom experience to project based activities, connect to business partners at all levels and utilize competition to improve their performance.

Chapters are organized into state or provincial associations providing additional extended learning opportunities. These opportunities allow students to engage the broader business community, compete beyond their campus and network with their peers throughout the state or province.


Membership Campaign Deadline: December 1, 2018

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