Is DECA right for my school?
DECA members organize into chapters around courses, programs of study, academies or other forms of career and technical education programs that are engaged in preparing high school and college students for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. As a Tennessee DECA chapter, each program operates as a single chapter that includes one or more of the content areas.
A teacher, instructor or professor advises chapters in one or more of the content areas. This close connection to the curriculum is the key ingredient in members leveraging their DECA experience to become emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality or management. With this connection to the curriculum, DECA members and advisors are able to integrate DECA activities into the classroom, apply the classroom experience to project based activities, connect to business partners at all levels and utilize competition to improve their performance.
Chapters are organized into chartered associations providing additional extended learning opportunities. These opportunities allow students to engage the broader business community, compete beyond their campus and network with their peers throughout the association.
The Tennessee DECA chartered association provides a gateway to district, state and international resources and competition and thereby prepare members to compete in a global economy. For more information, take a look at the Chapter Recruitment Packet.
DECA prepares members to be...
ACADEMICALLY PREPARED by providing opportunities for members to be ambitious, high-achieving leaders who are equipped to conquer to challenges of their aspirations.
COMMUNITY ORIENTED by recognizing the benefit of service and responsibility to the community, DECA members continually impact and improve their local and broader communities.
PROFESSIONALLY RESPONSIBLE by representing themselves, their school, and Tennessee DECA as poised professionals with ethics, integrity and high standards.
EXPERIENCED LEADERS by empowering members, through experience, to provide effective leadership through goal setting, consensus building and project implementation.
How do I start a DECA chapter in my school?
Starting a DECA chapter at your school will be the best decision you've ever made! Here are a few notes to get you started.
>>Each DECA chapter has a chapter advisor, who teaches in marketing, entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality or business administration and management.
>>Chapters are organized in district, providing additional extended learning opportunities. Each district as a District Coordinator to assist you in preparing for district conferences and competitions.
>>Members pay DECA, Inc dues of $8.00 and Tennessee DECA dues of $7.00. It's a small investment for a life-changing, professional development experience.
Click here for three easy steps to create a DECA chapter or to reactivate your chapter.