Team Decision Making Events are done in teams of two. Each participant on the team will individually take a 100-question, multiple-choice exam. The individual score from each teammate will be averaged to produce a team score on the exam. Teams are then given a written case study and have 30 minutes to read it, talk with each other, and prepare for a 15 minute presentation of the case study as a team. The case study will ask participants to tackle a business challenge in a creative, thoughtful, and knowledgeable way. To find out more about team decision making events, please click here.
This event is for first–year DECA participants only, and is done by one participant individually. Participants will be given a 100-question, multiple-choice exam covering business administration. They are then given a written content interview, and have 10 minutes to read it and prepare for a 10 minute presentation of the content interview. The content interview will ask participants to tackle a business challenge in a creative, thoughtful, and knowledgeable way. To find our more about principles events, please click here.
Individual Series Events consist of one person. The participant will be given a 100-question, multiple-choice exam. The participant is then given a written role play, and will have 10 minutes to read it and prepare for a 10 minute presentation of the role play. The role play will ask participants to tackle a business challenge in a creative, thoughtful, and knowledgeable way. To find out more about individual series events, please click here.
Depending on the conference you attend, different events may be offered. Please check the registration guide to be sure that you sign your students up for events that are being offered at the conference you plan to attend. District events do not offer any of the written events, chapter team events, virtual business challenges or corporate partner projects. The State Career Development Conference does not offer virtual business challenges or corporate partner projects.
Students may compete in a MAXIMUM of four competitive events; two written event and two series event, with the series events occurring on separate days, i.e., students cannot compete in two Monday series events. Also, students cannot compete in events with conflicting cluster exam times, i.e., a student can only take one cluster exam during the offered testing time. For more information on the tentative schedule of competitive events and further details on competitive event restrictions, please see the SCDC conference registration guide.
*Note: For SCDC, the Corporate Partner Projects, Virtual Business Challenges and Stock Market Game do not count toward the maximum of two events. These projects take place outside of conferences unless students advance to ICDC to compete in these events
Oregon DECA offers multiple conference opportunities throughout the year. The focus is often either leadership, competition, or both. The Oregon Association of DECA holds these conferences in the state of Oregon and is responsible for the management and execution of these conferences. All registration is done through Oregon DECA.
DECA, Inc. offers conferences all throughout the United States, such as the New York Experience, Sports and Entertainment Marketing Conference and Innovations and Entrepreneurship Conference. Oregon DECA chapters attend these conferences, but complete their registration through the national organization (except in the case of the International Career Development Conference, where individual chapters send all of their information to Oregon DECA and Oregon DECA registers the association). Most policies and procedures for DECA conferences are very similar to, if not the same, as Oregon DECA policies and procedures. If you choose to attend any of conferences, please be sure to read all of the registration materials very carefully.
You may bring as many or as few students as you wish. However, for Oregon DECA (1:15) and the National DECA adult to student ratio, which is typically 1:8. For more details, please review the registration guide for the specific conference.
The District Skills Conferences are the best way to introduce students to DECA without a huge financial commitment to travel (note that you are still required to stay in the conference hotels if the conference is an overnight event). The fall District Skills Conferences are the first time your students will see a full-fledged DECA competition. Oregon DECA also participates in the Oregon Leadership Institute (OLI), a two day fall leadership conference held with other Career and Technical Student Organization from Oregon (FBLA, FCCLA, SkillsaUSA and HOSA). If your chapter feels ready, we also recommend attending the State Career Development Conference later on in February. The State Career Development Conference is located in Portland at the Jantzen Beach Red Lion each February. Chapter may also attend ICDC if you have students that quality in competitive events or in leadership academy slots.
Most conferences focus on either leadership or competition, or some combination of the two. Conferences offer general sessions with keynote speakers, competition, testing, awards/recognition sessions, workshops, and networking opportunities. Agendas for most conferences can be found in the corresponding registration guide.
Students generally walk away with an increased knowledge of the business world, new friendships and connections, lasting memories, and more self-confidence. Conferences and competitions give students a chance to apply what they learn in the classroom while gaining valuable leadership and life skills.
Oregon DECA requires one adult for every 15 students at a Oregon DECA conference. This ratio is often different for a National DECA conference (for example, ICDC requires a ratio of 1 adult for every 8 students). Please be sure to read all registration materials carefully to ensure you are within the proper ratio.
Oregon DECA requires that anyone who is acting as a chaperone or advisor is age 21 or older.
Advisors must be certificated faculty members in order to serve as the advisor. Should you have any questions about whether you meet the requirements, please email the Chapter Development Manager, Ed Trang, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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DECA's scholarship program provides over $300,000 in scholarships to high school and college DECA members at the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) each year. Many corporate partners of DECA provide scholarships through the DECA through DECA scholarship program. DECA Inc. administers the program based on guidelines set by the donor. DECA scholarships are strictly merit based.
You can find out more about the scholarships here.
DECA’s mission is to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.
DECA’s core values and attributes are competence, innovation, integrity and teamwork. These values are central to DECA’s mission and purpose in classrooms around the world.
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