DECA students showcasing their trophies


John Schetinski
Maple Grove Senior High
(763) 391-8500

Tracy Hahn
Park Center Senior High
(763) 569-7600



With nearly a 70-year history, DECA has impacted the lives of more than ten million students, educators, school administrators and business professionals since it was founded in 1946. DECA has resonated into a brand that people identify as a remarkable experience in the preparation of emerging leaders and entrepreneurs. DECA’s programs and activities have constantly evolved as they use the latest technology and apply cutting edge educational research. Their core focus has remained consistent and is captured in their mission.

DECA is organized into two unique student divisions, each with programs designed to address the learning styles, interest and focus of its members. The High School Division includes 200,000 members in 3,500 schools. The Collegiate Division includes over 15,000 members in 275 colleges and universities.

DECA Inc. is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit student organization with more than 215,000 members in all 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Canada, China, Germany, Guam, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Spain. The United States Congress, the United States Department of Education, and state, district and international departments of education authorize DECA’s programs.

As an integral part of the classroom curriculum, DECA’s industry-validated competitive events are aligned with the National Curriculum Standards in the career clusters of marketing, business management and administration, finance, and hospitality and tourism. DECA’s flagship evaluation process involves students in both a written component such as an exam or report and an interactive component with an industry professional serving as a judge. DECA’s competitive events directly contribute to every student being college and career ready when they graduate from high school.

When it comes to helping students own their futures, DECA provides countless ways to ensure that they are ready for whatever lies ahead after graduation. Whether they plan on attending college or entering the workforce, DECA’s Comprehensive Learning Program will give them the skills, knowledge and experience they need to excel at whatever project or assignment comes their way. Did you know DECA has 55 competitive events to choose from? This means that no matter what industry or career field students are interested in pursuing, DECA has an event that applies to their potential career path. The remarkable industry-related content in DECA’s competitive events is what makes DECA stand apart from other Career & Technical Student Organizations, and is what will make your DECA members eventually stand apart from other students when it comes time to apply for college or jobs. The expertise students gain in their role-plays, written events or virtual competitions is invaluable to them as emerging leaders.

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