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    DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges across the globe. DECA members can begin their participation in the high school division as early as the ninth grade and continue through college graduation by participating in the college division.
     
    More than 190,000 high school members participate in DECA through 3,500 chapters in all 50 states plus eight other countries! DECA is organized at local, regional, state, and international levels in order to prepare members to compete in a global economy.
     
    Local (school) chapters are chartered associations that provide extended learning opportunities through which students engage the broader business community, compete beyond their campus, and network with their peers.
     
    DECA prepares the next generation to be:
     
    Academically Prepared
    DECA members are ambitious, 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.