The DECA experience starts in the classroom where students learn business concepts in preparation for college and careers. A powerful instructional component, DECA brings the classroom to life by empowering the teacher-advisor to make learning relevant with educational programs that integrate into classroom instruction, apply learning, connect to business and promote competition. The successful integration of each of these four interconnected components, also part of DECA’s guiding principles, results in a strong program that produces college- and career-ready students.
An integral component of classroom instruction, DECA activities provide authentic, experiential learning methods to prepare members for college and careers.
DECA members put their knowledge into action through rigorous project-based activities that require creative solutions with practical outcomes.
Partnerships with businesses at local and broader levels provide DECA members realistic insight into industry and promote meaningful, relevant learning.
As in the global economy, a spark of competition drives DECA members to excel and improve their performance.
DECA members are ambitious, high-achieving leaders equipped to conquer the challenges of their aspirations
Recognizing the benefit of service and responsibility to the community, DECA members continually impact and improve their local and broader communities.
DECA members are poised professionals with ethics, integrity and high standards.
DECA members are empowered through experience to provide effective leadership through goal setting, consensus building and project implementation.
Our diverse, highly-motivated DECA members have college and career interests that closely align to our program areas. DECA members understand the need for career preparation and choose to enroll in more business courses than other business students.
Our educational programs help support important key initiatives in education, business and industry. DECA reinforces career and academic standards identified by business and industry in an effort to help close the 21st Century Skills gap.
DECA members understand the critical need to obtain a solid education, as well as the valuable connection between what they are currently learning and a successful career. DECA members seek challenging courses and advanced programs of study, and pursue college and career readiness with determination that outpaces the national average. In addition, the more engaged members are with DECA, the higher their GPAs, and the more likely they are to be successful self-challengers, choosing more relevant business courses and rigorous classes than their peers.