Collegiate DECA


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

DECA prepares the next generation to be:

• Academically Prepared - DECA members are ambitious, high-achieving leaders equipped to conquer the challenges of their aspirations.
• Community Orientated - Recognizing the benefit of service and responsibility to the community, DECA members continually impact and improve their local and broader communities.
Professionally Responsible - DECA members are poised professionals with ethics, integrity and high standards.
• Experienced Leaders - DECA members are empowered through experience to provide effective leadership through goal setting, consensus building and project implementation. 

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.

Membership Benefits

Leadership Opportunities

  • A variety of conferences with a focus on leadership and team development
  • "What Matters Most" personal and professional time management seminar based on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
  • Leadership positions from the local through the international levels

Career Development

  • Networking at conferences
  • Exclusive online job fair for DECA members
  • Management Institutes-dynamic and interactive learning activities focused on strategic decision making and effective management. Institutes are offered at the International Conference for a variety of industries.

Community Service

  • Members strive to make a difference within their communities
  • DECA recognizes service among chapters through the Diamond Chapter Award

Ridgewater College is an equal opportunity employer and educator.