What Is DECA?

graphic47       DECA Fact Sheet

Curious as to what DECA is?  Check out how DECA prepares emerging leaders and Entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, management and hospitality all around the US and beyond!

 tablet3      New Jersey DECA Promo Video

See what DECA is all about in this short video.

video47       Kean University & New Jersey DECA Video

Learn more about how students are benefiting from NJ DECA's partnership with Kean University.

       Expanding Career Readiness

Ensuring Students are College and Career Ready is a major focus within the educational system.  Learn how your students can move towards this goal!

ship11      The 5 Myths About DECA

Discover what DECA has become over the last 70 years, evolving to make students both career and college ready!

DECA's Competitive Events Program

businessman277      Overview of DECA's Competitive Events Program

Read an overview of DECA's nationally acclaimed, industry validated competitive events program, including instructional areas, performance indicators, career clusters and more.

document162      List of DECA's Competitive Events

Explore all of the areas to compete in when  you become a DECA member.

conference6      College & Career Ready

Learn about how your students will become college and career ready through participation in DECA.

network49      Curriculum, Courses & DECA

See how DECA connects courses to curriculum to create a member experience that will serve students for a lifetime.


DECA Conferences

      Learning To Apply Knowledge

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 authentically extend classroom learning.  Click above to see our conferences for this year!

Community Engagement

work7      Becoming Responsible Citizens

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. NJ DECA provides many community engagement opportunities for members through state and nation-wide community service efforts and competition. NJ DECA Members have raised $25,000 per year, on average for our statewide community service project for charities such as The Seeing Eye, Covenent House, MDA, and the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.

Leadership Development

notepad19      Developing Emerging Leaders

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.

Starting a Chapter & Becoming a Member

      Starting a Chapter

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

      Connecting in the Classroom

Discover how DECA enriches your classroom, ties to career pathways, extends learning, motivates your students, promotes career ready practices and provides you with the tools to both enhance learning and develop your program!

      Joining DECA in High School

Membership in DECA on the high school level is granted through your local school,  See about starting a chapter today!

      Joining Collegiate DECA

Want to take DECA to college?  You can do that!