North Dakota DECA


Resources and information for North Dakota DECA Advisors. 



News & Information for Advisors

How to Facilitate Project Management Events With MBA Research Templates

2019-20 Competitive Event Changes Published

Chapter event names and project guidelines have been updated. See the details of the changes here: 2019-20 High School DECA Competitive Event Changes


DECA, Inc made the Competitive Events Transcripts from DECA ICDC available. Get the Event Transcripts here 

DECA is pleased to provide competitive events transcripts for all competitors at this year’s DECA International Career Development Conference — free of charge!

DECA chapter advisors can obtain their entire chapter’s transcripts by logging in to the membership system at Click on the conferences tab, then high school ICDC registration and student transcripts. This will automatically download all transcripts for your chapter.

Certified Guest Services Professional Certification Now Available

In partnership with the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI), DECA is pleased to offer students an opportunity to boost their diploma and resume with the Certified Guest Service Professionals (CGSP®) industry certification. To become certified by AHLEI, you must meet the knowledge and experience requirements and successfully complete a certification examination. DECA members who took the Hospitality and Tourism Cluster Exam at their state/provincial conference or at ICDC and scored at least 70% will be eligible for the Certified Guest Service Professionals (CGSP®) industry certification. Certifications are only available at the state/provincial level if the scores were reported by the state/provincial association.

The Certified Guest Service Professionals (CGSP®) industry certification will cost DECA members only $20, a sharply discounted rate compared to the general public and AHLEI members. See more information here.


Helpful Links



20sep12:00 am11:59 pmTeaching Schedule & Three Goals Due - due to Addie

26sep12:00 am11:59 pmFall Leadership Conference Registration Due (High School)

30sep12:00 am11:59 pmCollegiate Leadership Conference Registration Deadline


01nov12:00 am11:59 pmVirtual Business Challenge - Round 1 Ends

15novAll DayDECA Online Membership Registration Due


27janAll DayCollegiate DECA CDC Conference Registration Due


10feb12:00 am11:59 pmDECA Conference Housing Registration Due

24feb12:00 am11:59 pmDECA Conference Event Registration Due (end of day)

25feb12:00 am11:59 pmDECA (ND) Emerging Leaders Form Due

25feb12:00 am11:59 pmDECA Officer Candidate Tests Due (postmark)


02mar12:00 am11:59 pmCollegiate DECA ICDC Registration Due

20mar12:00 am11:59 pmDECA ICDC Registration Due (end of day)






Collegiate DECA Advisors of the Year 

2002: Donna Gutschmidt, LRSC, Devils Lake
2003: Greg Anderson, NDSCS, Wahpeton
2004: Greg Anderson, NDSCS, Wahpeton
2005: Donna Gutschmidt, LRSC, Devils Lake
2006: Billy Boyeff, MSU, Minot
2007: Donna Gutschmidt, LRSC, Devils Lake
2008: Karel Sovak, University of Mary
2009: Bruce Harmon, North Dakota State University
2010: Greg Anderson, NDSCS, Wahpeton
2011: Karel Sovak, University of Mary
2012: Greg Anderson, NDSCS, Wahpeton
2013: Keri Keith, Dakota College, Bottineau
2014: Robert Johnston, Mayville State University
2015: Dustin Olson, Mayville State University
2016: Greg Anderson, NDSCS, Wahpeton
2017: Cindy Brown, Lake Region State College
2018: Tawnya Bernsdorf, Minot State University
2019: Greg Anderson, NDSCS, Wahpeton

DECA’s Comprehensive Learning Program:

Integrates into Classroom Instruction
An integral component of classroom instruction, DECA activities provide authentic, experiential learning methods to prepare members for college and careers.

Applies Learning
DECA members put their knowledge into action through rigorous project-based activities that require creative solutions with practical outcomes.

Connects to Business
Partnerships with businesses at local and broader levels provide DECA members realistic insight into industry and promote meaningful, relevant learning.

Promotes Competition
As in the global economy, a spark of competition drives DECA members to excel and improve their performance.

DECA prepares the next generation to be

Academically Prepared
DECA members are ambition, high-achieving leaders equipped to conquer the challenges of their aspirations.

Community Oriented
Recognizing the benefit of service and responsibility to the community, DECA members continually impact and improve their local and broader communities.

Professionally Responsible
DECA members are poised professionals with ethics, integrity and high standards.

Experienced Leaders
DECA members are empowered through experience to provide effective leadership through goal setting, consensus building and project implementation.

The Latest From Our Facebook Page

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Accepting the Membership Increase Award at the 2019 DECA Inc meeting in Nashville Tennessee for North Dakota DECA.
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Latest News!! Just announced. North Dakota DECA will be staying at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Nashville in April 2020 for ICDC.
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Congratulations to Craig Erickson and Kelli Sitzler Erickson who received the North Dakota Directors Award of Excellence at the 2019 CTE Conference.
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Congratulations to Kinzey Fockler for being featured. She is a former marketing student and DECA member and officer. Now an entrepreneur using her DECA experience every day. Way to go. #entrepreneur #DECA
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First year DECA chapter, Solen members presented at the IndianEducation Summit to a full house at the Capitol today. Great heartfelt presentation and showcased their learning experiences.

General Info

DECA is a leadership organization for students at the high school or college level with an interest in marketing, management, and entrepreneurship. 



Quick Info



Find a Chapter

Connect with DECA Members across the state. Find the name, advisor name and contact info on the Chapter Map Page. Happy Connecting! 

Chapter Map


Alumni Reconnect

We're reconnecting Alumni to an opportunity to give back to the Association that gave you so much along the way. 

Register as an Alumni



News & Events

With so many good things happening in our Chapters, it might be hard to keep up on the news! But you've come to the right place. See what's happening or submit your own DECA news here: 

DECA News & Events



Parent Resources

We have a special place to help DECA Parents get through this thing called DECA. Here it is: 

A Guide Just For Parents



Career Opportunities

DECA provides a place to network with industry leaders at every turn and we're fielding requests all the time for DECA Grads or DECA Members to take on roles at the best companies. We'll be launching a cool resource in just a few weeks! Keep checking back. 



Business Partners

We're in business to support students and we couldn't do it without the help of our Business Partners. See who they are and how you can support our mission here: 

Business Partners


Class is in session for ND Advisors

Mr. Greg Borders and Mrs. Laurie Salander, MBA Research Certified Advisors, present to their fellow DECA Advisors on the details of Project Management. 

Summer of DECA in full swing

Check out where DECA Members are this summer.

Class is in session for ND Advisors

Mr. Greg Borders and Mrs. Laurie Salander, MBA Research Certified Advisors, present to their fellow DECA Advisors on the details of Project Management. 

Officer Team Update

High School Officers spent 3 days in Bismarck completing their planning and training session. 

Class is in session for ND Advisors

Mr. Greg Borders and Mrs. Laurie Salander, MBA Research Certified Advisors, present to their fellow DECA Advisors on the details of Project Management. 

What is DECA?

DECA is a leadership organization for students at the high school or college level with an interest in marketing, management and entrepreneurship. DECA programs exist in 24 of our high schools and career and technology centers in the state. Nine colleges and universities have a Collegiate DECA Chapter.

DECA at both the high school and college levels focus on leadership development, community service learning, career awareness and social responsibility. Members pay local, state and national dues to receive membership benefits. Chapter members qualify to compete at the local, state, and national levels in career-related competitive events.

Mission Statement 

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.


To provide the DECA experience for every student who seeks it throughout the state of North Dakota.

What We Do

Meet Your State Officers

Bring DECA to Your School

Featured Member

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Member Name

Member High School

Important Dates



Fall Leadership Conference - High School Division 


October 2019

Fall Conference - Collegiate Division

October 1

September Member of the Month Due

Days until State Conference