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. Their strong connection with our organization 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 we use the latest technology and apply cutting edge educational research. Our core focus has remained consistent and is captured in our mission.
High School Chapters
Tennessee DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management.
Tennessee DECA's Comprehensive Learning Program
Integrates into Classroom Instruction
Connects to Business
Tennessee DECA prepares the next generation to be
Tennessee DECA values competence, innovation, integrity, and teamwork.
Tennessee DECA is governed by its constitution and bylaws, which can only be amended at the Tennessee DECA State Career Development Conference by the eligible voting delegates.
Tennessee DECA is operated through the Tennessee Department of Education and is lead by a state advisor. The state advisor is responsible for implementing Tennessee DECA's programs + activities, leading staff members, and providing guidance to chapter advisors in Tennessee.
Tennessee DECA is organized into five districts, each having its own district coordinator that is responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing the district career development conferences.