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.


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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.

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Minot High DECA members are helping out with the Lil' Vendors Kid's Market at the Minot Farmers Market!
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It's Alumni Monday. Meet Mary Valloni. Mary was a state officer for North Dakota DECA and an active member from Grand Forks Red River High School. Mary is a speaker, trainer, and author, using her DECA experience helping others.
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It's Sunday Senior Spotlight. Meet Brendan Connor, a Senior at Lake Area Career and Technology Center in Devils Lake.
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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. 

ND DECA Receives Recognition

Membership Increase Award at the 2019 DECA Inc meeting in Nashville Tennessee for North Dakota DECA.

Officer Team Update

High School Officers are beginning their Chapter check ins! Leave them a note about what you're doing here: Submit Chapter News

Collegiate Officers are getting their year rolling with Collegiate Leadership Conference Plans. Put Fargo on your calendar for October 15-16. Registration due September 30.

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

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 teambuilding activities that the National Guard lead. She found them beneficial and fun for both networking with other members and practicing teamwork skills.






3rd Year Member

Important Dates



ND State Leadership Conference - High School Division 



February 2020

ND DECA Collegiate Leadership Conference - Collegiate Division


January 5

December Member of the Month Due


Days until State Conference