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.
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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. More information about the State Career Development Conference can be found here.
Tennessee DECA operates under the Tennessee Department of Education and is led by the state advisor. The state advisor is responsible for implementing all of Tennessee DECA's programs and activities, leading staff members, and providing guidance to chapter advisors and students throughout Tennessee.
Tennessee DECA is organized into five districts, each having its own District Career Development Conference. More information about the District Career Development Conferences can be found here.