Career-Technical Student Organizations
DECA - An Association of Marketing Students
DECA chapters operate in 5,000 high schools across the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam and Canada. With over 172,000 members (mostly juniors and seniors), DECA's high school division is recognized and endorsed by all 50 state Departments of Education and the U.S. Department of Education.
Membership in the high school division is restricted to students with a career interest in hospitality, finance, sales and service, business administration and/or entrepreneurship. DECA programs are co-curricular, meaning programs are based on nationally recognized standards in one or more of the curriculum areas.
DECA provides specific programs for the classroom teacher to use in student development and achievement. These programs can be organized into four (4) categories: Leadership Development, Community Service, Skill Assessment and Academic Skill Development.