This year’s State Officer Team has many objectives for the year including advocacy. Advocacy is the process of expressing support for something to someone else. Whether that is a student, administrator, or elected official. The State Officer Team has been hard at work advocating for DECA and Career and Technical Education (CTE) at both the state and national levels. Last July, the team visited representatives in Washington, D.C. to thank them for their support of DECA and organizations like it. In September, the District III Vice President, Dhru Patel, visited with his representative, Rep. Reschke. The State Officer Team is excited to have more progress to report.
Brian Josephson, the President of Oregon DECA, has met with both his representative and senator in the Oregon State Legislature. In his meeting with Rep. Pam Marsh they discussed the impact that DECA can have on students, as well as the things that he has done within DECA. She was excited to see the opportunities and skills that DECA can give students, and expressed her support for DECA and CTE.
Brian’s second meeting was with Senator Alan DeBoer. Sen. DeBoer was familiar with DECA as he has worked closely with high schools in the past, as well as with DECA programs. Instead, during their meeting, Sen. DeBoer and Brian discussed funding for Career and Technical Education including Oregon’s measure 98 recently passed by voters and funded by the legislature. This measure provides funding for Career and Technical Education.
These legislative visits continue a string of legislative visits that your State Officer Team will be making on behalf of Oregon DECA this year. If you or your chapter are interested on joining in on advocacy efforts keep an eye out for Oregon DECA’s letter writing campaign which will be out soon. This way, you can show your elected officials how much DECA means to you!
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