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What is DECA?

DECA's Mission

DECA’s mission is to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. 

Guiding Principles 

DECA’s eight guiding principles are organized around the organization’s emblem, the DECA Diamond.  The inner four points of the DECA Diamond represent the guiding principles which address the purpose of DECA’s comprehensive learning program:

  • Integrates into Classroom Instruction
  • Applies Learning
  • Connects to Business
  • Promotes Competition

The outer four points of the DECA Diamond address the results of DECA’s comprehensive learning program.  DECA prepares the next generation to be:

  • Academically Prepared
  • Community Oriented
  • Professionally Responsible
  • Experienced Leaders

To learn more about Oregon DECA visit the  What is DECA? page in our About DECA section.

DECA Fact Sheet

An overview of key DECA facts. Find out how DECA is preparing emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.


DECA's Competitive Events Program

College & Career Ready

College & Career Ready with DECA 

DECA’s competitive events program directly supports our mission to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. At both the high school and college levels, DECA's competitive events program uses time-tested techniques that apply learning, connect to business and promote competition to directly contribute to every student being college or career ready by focusing on the following outcomes.

Academically Prepared

DECA’s competitive events provide a vehicle for members to demonstrate National Curriculum Standards through individual or team activities and to develop and employ the key skills of analysis, application of knowledge, creative problem solving and logical presentation.

Community Oriented 

DECA’s competitive events help members explore their communities, participate in an environment of cooperation and recognize their responsibility to the community.

Professionally Responsible 

DECA’s competitive events encourage members to develop ethics, integrity and high standards while assuming responsibility for self-improvement and self-discipline.

Experienced Leaders 

DECA’s competitive events provide constructive avenues for team expression, initiative and creativity.

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


List of DECA's Events

Explore all of the events available to you when you become a DECA member today.

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Competitive Event Resources

Integrating DECA into the Classroom

Through DECA, find out how to connect courses to curiculum from the ultimate experiences.

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Serving as a DECA Advisor

Enhance your classroom experience by joining the thousands of educators across the country who serve as DECA Advisors.

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School Based Enterprises

SBEs provide realistic and practical learning experiences that reinforce classroom instruction. Learn more about how a DECA SBE can change enrich your campus!

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DECA Conferences

Put Your Knowledge Into Action

DECA members can build upon their current strengths and attributes through their desire to engage in DECA events and conferences that prepare them for college and professional careers. DECA's conferences bring our members into the larger DECA community while providing unique opportunities to extend classroom learning.

Advisor Conference

The annual Advisor Conference focuses on training and content prepared specifically for DECA advisors. Speakers and presenters focus on making the most of the DECA program, tips on integrating DECA into classroom instruction, DECA's competitive events program, best practices, idea sharing and much more.

Emerging Leader Summit

Join student leaders from across the Western Region for a three-day officer training camp! This is an experience for current and potential State and Provincial Officers, and will take you to new leadership heights. Learn how to work with your leadership team, how to be a stronger leader, and how to stand out as a student leader. Oregon DECA state officers attend this event as part of their officer training, and any potential state officer candidates are encouraged to join!

District Skills Competitions

Come test your competitive skills and get ready for the State Career Development Conference. District Skills Competitions allow students to compete in certain events prior to the State Career Development Conference to gain competitive skills and understanding of DECA. Whileplacing at a District Career Development Conference is not necessary to compete at the State Career Development Conference, it is a great way to see how you stack up against your local competition!

Oregon Leadership Institute

Oregon DECA, mark your calendars and start making plans today to attend the highlight event of the fall, the Oregon Leadership Institute. This conference will be another great opportunity for you to join with your fellow DECA members and members of other CTSO’s like FBLA from around the state of Oregon. Students and advisors will improve their leadership skills, network, participate in hands on learning activities, sharpen competitive knowledge, and have a weekend full of fun! Learn more about this conference and download the registration information.

Western Region Leadership Conference

Western Region Leadership Conference (WRLC) is an experience no member will forget! The Western Region Leadership Conference brings thousands of DECA members from across the Western Region to exciting destinations including San Diego, Portland, Phoenix, Albuquerque and Seattle. The conference includes nationally recognized speakers and trainers, powerful workshops, inspiring business tours, cutting edge exhibits, and leadership training designed exclusively for chapter and state leaders of DECA. Advisor professional development sessions and competitive events are also offered to help everyone in DECA maximize their experience and benefit. Learn more about this conference and download the registration information.

State Career Development Conference

The pinnacle of Oregon DECA is the State Career Development Conference. Nearly 1,000 students from all over Oregon come to compete for an opportunity to advance to the International Career Development Conference. Aside from competition, this three-day conference includes many networking opportunities, leadership sessions, and a chance to create lasting friendships among chapter members. Learn more about this conference and download the registration information.

International Career Development Conference

The DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC) is the highlight of the DECA year. Fourteen thousand high school students, advisors, businesspersons and alumni gather for several days of DECA excitement. Most participants at ICDC compete in one of DECA's competitive events. The top competitors in each event are recognized for their outstanding achievements. In addition to the competitive events, many students and advisors participate in a variety of leadership and career advancing academies. Learn more about this conference and download the registration information.


Community Engagement

DECA prepares the next generation to be community oriented by recognizing the benefit of service and responsibility to the community. DECA teaches its members to reach out to organizations they are passionate about and become involved in the community around them. DECA provides many community engagement opportunities for members through state and nation-wide community service efforts and competition.


Leadership Development

DECA prepares its members to be experienced leaders and empowers members through experience to provide effective leadership.

DECA develops experienced leaders by practicing key leadership skills such as goal setting, consensus building and project management. Members have numerous opportunities for leadership development from workshops and leadership academies at exciting conferences to serving as an elected officer at the local, state, or national level. Members are able to practice and apply their leadership training as community members, students, and peers.


What's Next?

Start a Chapter

Find out how you can bring DECA to your school and start your own chapter today!

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Join DECA

Take your education to the next level by becoming a DECA member today and exploring the exciting new opportunities that DECA offers

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Connect in the Classroom

Discover how DECA enriches your classroom, ties into career pathways, extends learning, motivates your students and provides you with the tools to promote your program and profession.

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College Connection

Want to take DECA to the next level? There's DECA in college for that.

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Expanding Career Readiness Through Career & Technical Student Organizations

Ensuring students are “college- and career-ready” has become a critical issue as concerns rise about the success of the U.S. education system and, ultimately, the country’s economic competitiveness. Find out how DECA can help your students become college-and career-ready today!

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