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  • DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe


    DECA members can begin their experience as early as the ninth grade by enrolling in a marketing, finance, hospitality, business management or entrepreneurship course. DECA Career ClustersThey can retain their membership in DECA as long as they are actively pursuing courses in one of the content areas. As part of a high school chapter, DECA members can take full advantage of DECA activities described below while preparing themselves to be college and career ready upon graduation.

    High school students join DECA through their high school chapter, often advised by a faculty member responsible for course content in one of the above career areas. High school chapters are recognized and chartered by the state or provincial association.


    By leveraging their DECA membership, members can become:

    • academically prepared for college and careers in marketing, finance, hospitality or management
    • community oriented by gaining an appreciation for the benefits of service and their potential impact on the community and world
    • professionally responsible with ethics, integrity and high standards
    • experienced leaders by practicing key leadership skills such as goal setting, consensus building and project management.

    More than 185,000 DECA members are in 5,000 high school chapters in all 50 states and nine countries.

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