North Dakota DECA

Preparing Emerging Leaders in Marketing, Management, 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. 


FEBRUARY 2024 | FARGO  The Collegiate DECA Career Development Conference will take place at the Fargo Holiday Inn Convention Center February 21 and 22.

MARCH 2024 |  BISMARCK  The 71st  North Dakota State DECA Conference will be held in Bismarck at the Radisson Hotel, downtown. More than 500 high school students are expected to attend the conference, competing in 50 competitive event categories. 

Student projects may be judged in a virtual setting from March 3-5.

In-person student presentations will be held on Monday, March 4, 2024 in Bismarck, North Dakota at the Radisson Hotel.

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. 



Charmaine Haas

Charmaine Haas

3rd Year Member

Meet Charmain Haas, a third-year DECA Member at Napoleon High School! Her favorite color is purple and her favorite candy is Life Savers. Her dream job is being a graphic designer. 

Her favorite experience so far was competing at ICDC in 2018.


Creighton Pfau

Creighton Pfau

2nd Year Member

Meet Creighton, a Senior at Mayville State Univeristy. His favorite color is yellow and he is a lover of butterfingers. Creighton's dream job is to be a hospitalist! His favorite DECA Experience so far is attending ICDC in Orlando.


Mr. Ricardo Pierre-Louis

Mr. Ricardo Pierre-Louis


Ricardo Pierre-Louis is a third-year teacher and a second-year advisor for DECA at Bismarck High School.  Ricardo’s favorite color is red, and his favorite restaurant is Longhorn Steak House.  His favorite DECA experience was attending his first ICDC in Orlando, Florida.  He said, “I like the rewarding factors that students receive.  Any student who joins DECA, no matter what his or her professional aspirations, will learn valuable skills that can be used in every part of life and in every career field.”


Andrew Young

Andrew Young


Andrew Young is the Creative Director at Abovo. Andrew went to college at NDSU and served as a state DECA collegiate officer. When asked how his experiences in DECA helped with his career path he said, "Attending and participating in events with judges were working in the career path, or similar career paths, in which I wanted to be on. Having their insight and feedback was incredible.  Additionally, exposure to them simply for networking was equally as valuable."


We’re kicking off 2024 in North Dakota DECA with big wins at the International Level in Virtual Business Challenge, Stock Market Game and the Case Study Virtual Event!



ND Members are achieving goals, winning awards, and being recognized for their leadership skills in their communities. Competition practice will soon be underway and Career Development Conference is right around the corner.

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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.



Fall Leadership Conference | October 29-30, 2023

Career Development Conference | March 3-5, 2024

International Career Development Conference | April 27-30, 2024


Fall Leadership Conference | October 31-November 1, 2023

State Career Development Conference | February 21-22, 2024

International Career Development Conference | April 20-23, 2024