North Dakota DECA

Preparing Emerging Leaders in Marketing, Mangement, and Entrepreneurship

Learn. Grow. Achieve. 

High School Students

This is the place to start your DECA Career! We’re combining real-life experience with classroom activities to help you graduate from high school with a full resume and a headstart on your future. Take this opportunity and make it yours! Here We Go!

Get Involved

Whether you’re a member, parent, advisor, school administrator or marketing education supporter you’re in the right place to begin your ND DECA story! 

College Students

See what it means to be a DECA Member and who to contact on your campus. Join the association helping young leaders interested in entrepreneurship, marketing, management, finance, or hospitality develop skills, gain experience, and launch a successful career. 

High School

DECA programs exist in 24 of our high schools and career and technology centers in the state.


Reconnect with the association that gave you so much.


Nine colleges and universities have a Collegiate DECA Chapter.


Classrooms led by dedicated educators are filled with students across North Dakota to learn about marketing, management, hospitality, finance and entrepreneurship. 

Our Mission & Vision

North Dakota DECA was chartered in 1953 and was organized around one ambition goal: to improve educational and career opportunities for students.

In the years since its formation, DECA has remained on the cutting edge of educational innovation and has become nationally known for integrating academic achievement with vocational skills and creating linkages with the business community.

Over time, the needs of our membership have changed and we have changed to meet them. The fundamental reasons we formed remain at our core: first, effective marketing education gives young people the tools and aptitudes they need to pursue their dreams, and second, marketing education works best when it’s part of an integrated education program.

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs
for careers in marketing, 
finance, hospitality and management 
in high schools and colleges in
North Dakota and across the Globe.



Members, Advisors, and Alumni are the lifeblood of ND DECA which is why we want you to meet them!  Here are just a few of those who make DECA what it is. 



Olivia Elfmann

Olivia Elfmann

3rd Year Member

Meet Olivia Elfman, a third-year DECA Member at Lake Area CTC in Devils Lake! She prefers Sweedish fish for a treat and likes the color purple the most. Her dream job is a Business Manager in the Interior Design industry. 

Her favorite experience so far was attending Fall Leadership Conference and taking part in the team building activities that the National Guard lead. 


Tyler Sinden

Tyler Sinden

2nd Year Member

Meet Tyler, a Senior at Minot State University and involved Member. He is a fan of skittles and the color green. His favorite DECA Experience so far is attending ICDC because of the big production and career-enhancing networking opportunities throughout the conference.

Mr. Alex Westman

Mr. Alex Westman


Alex is off to a great start as a first year advisor at Watford City High School who is enjoying all of the ways his Members are accomplishing goals and taking ownership of their projects. Alex's favorite restaurant is Buffalo Wild Wings and if his office could be painted any color, it would be blue. 

Mr. Bryan Schumacher

Mr. Bryan Schumacher


Leading the classroom in Napoleon High School as a first time DECA Advisor, but long time educator is Mr. Schumacher. His first Fall Leadership Conference is the favorite experience so far, but a close second is helping his Chapter learn more about customer service. His favorite color is Red and he's looking forward to the next ICDC in Anaheim, CA. 

2019 - 2020

We’re working on the final half of the DECA Year! Already, ND Members have achieved goals, won awards, and been recognized for their leadership skills in their communities. Competition practice is underway and Career Development Conference are right around the corner.

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Next Steps

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We’re On The Go

Across North Dakota

High School Officer Team

These six leaders were elected at the 2019 North Dakota State Career Development Conference in Bismarck, ND to serve the membership of North Dakota DECA. 

Collegiate Officer Team

Moving Collegiate DECA forward is what this team looks forward to doing after being elected in Fargo, ND at the Collegiate Career Development Conference. 

Supported By

Business partners are important to the success of North Dakota DECA. Business partners continue to support DECA and provide opportunities in leadership development, entrepreneurship, competition, and other areas that benefit youth. DECA has developed continued partnerships with many businesses in the state.

Important Dates


February was CTE Month!

February 1-29





** Canceled ** State Career Development Conference | March 15-17, 2020

** Canceled ** International Career Development Conference | April 29 - May 2, 2020


State Career Development Conference | February 9-10, 2020

** Canceled ** International Career Development Conference | April 22-25, 2020




The Latest News & Updates

2020-2021 ND DECA Executive Officer Team

Here We Go  Sharing news, information, and resources to make North Dakota DECA better! We are pleased to bring you the LIVE Feed of the 2019-2020 Executive Officer Team's Farewell and the announcement of the new leadership team! ...

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Introducing 2020-2021 Collegiate Officer Team

Meet the Team     A team with big dreams. The best part is they each possess the know-how to take ND Collegiate DECA to the next level.  Vice President Minot State University Vice President North Dakota State University President Mayville State University Vice...

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