DECA Inc. is a nonpartisan, non–sectarian 501(c)(3) association of students, teachers, and administrators and is recognized and endorsed by all 50 state departments of education and the U.S. Department of Education.
At the school level, DECA members form a chapter led by a teacher or teachers called chapter advisors. Chapters within a state, province or territory comprise the state/provincial associations. State/provincial associations are chartered by DECA Inc. with authority to operate DECA chapters in that state, province or territory. Charters may be granted for the high school division, the college division or both. Charter holders agree to follow DECA Inc.’s Constitution and Bylaws. State departments of education hold DECA Inc.’s charter for the high school division in all 50 U.S. states. College charters are held by either state departments of education or a non-profit corporation.
Associations, Boards, and Councils
The DECA staff administers the variety of program and services to the organization's more than 200,000 members in 5,000 high schools and colleges around the globe. Read More >>
The student members of the high school and college divisions elect their peers to provide student leadership for each academic year. Read More >>
Program Advisory Council
Program Advisory Council members are appointed by the Board of Directors with the responsibility to develop recommendations relating to the operation of DECA programs, including competitive events, and to submit those recommendations to the Board of Directors for their consideration. Read More >>
National Advisory Board
DECA’s National Advisory Board includes representatives from more than 60 corporations, foundations and associations. NAB members provide financial resources, advocacy and a network of professionals to support DECA activities at all levels. Read More >>
Congressional Advisory Board
DECA's Congressional Advisory Board (CAB) is a bipartisan group of United States Senators and Congressmen representing varied political philosophies, but all support Career and Technical Organizations as an integral part of delivering Career and Technical Education and for making sure that America's youth are college and career ready. Read More >>