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 173,000 high school members participate in DECA through 3,200 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:
- Members are ambitious, high-achieving leaders equipped to conquer challenges of their aspirations
- Recognizing the benefit of service and responsibility to the community, members continually impact and improve their local and broader communities
- Members are poised professionals with ethics, integrity and high standards
- Members are empowered through experience to provide effective leadership through goal setting, consensus building and project implementation.