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DECA, Distributive Education Clubs of America, is an international association that aims to prepare young emerging leaders/entrepreneurs in the fields of marketing, finance, hospitality, and management.  Participation can begin as early as ninth grade, and continue until college graduation.  DECA strives to prepare young students for careers in all business areas.

DECA has two student divisions, High School and Collegiate.  Each division offers programs to cater to different learning styles and varying interests of its members.  The High School division includes 190,000 members in 3,500 schools, and the Collegiate division (formerly known as Delta Epsilon Chi) includes over 15,000 members in 200 colleges and universities worldwide.  


The purpose of DECA is to provide learning opportunities for students in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management fields to develop technical and career skills.  Additionally, DECA enhances preparation for college and careers by providing programs that integrate into classroom instruction, applying learning in the context of business, and connecting to business and the community.  Student members leverage their experience with DECA to prepare themselves academically, become more community oriented, and professionallly responsible leaders. 

Distinct Differences From Other Offerings

  • DECA's scholarship program provides over $300,000 in scholarships at the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) each year
  • Offered at both highschools and universities
  • Competitions to gain more hands on experience
  • DECA transforms its members into poised professionals with developed ethical reasoning skills, integrity and high standards

Impact Achieved For Students and Campus

  • Academically Prepared

DECA memebers are ambitious and high acieving students.

  • Community Driven

DECA members continually impact and improve their local and broader communities.

  • Role Models

DECA are leaders and help empower others around them.

Steps Required To Bring Resource to Campus


a. Ask your student activities director what you need to do to establish a student organization on campus or look for an existing student organization (without national/international affiliation) on your campus to join forces with. 

b. Find a willing faculty advisor

c. Members and advisors must pay dues

d. Each chapter must comply with the regulations of their state, provincial or territorial association to be an active organization.


a. Find students, professors and supporters to help you out. When starting a chapter, it is important to put together a core group of people that will complete the tasks of founding an organization on campus.

b. Identify potential leaders among groups of classmates, roommates, and friends. 

c. Recruiting a core group and let the national officer of DECA know you're interested in starting a chapter.

d. Organize group meetings and fill out that application!



Contact Information

DECA Headquarters

1908 Association Drive
Reston, VA 20191
Phone: (703) 860-5000
Fax: (703) 860-4013