More than 60 years ago, DECA organized around an ambitious goal: to improve education and career opportunities for students interested in careers in marketing, management and entrepreneurship. What began with a few hundred students in 17 states has grown to over 185,000 students in all 50 states, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, Germany and Mexico.

DECA’s objective is to support the development of marketing and management skills in career areas such as hospitality, finance, sales and service, business administration and entrepreneurship.

Programs and activities are tailored to the specific career interest of students and include technical skills, basic scholastic and communication skills, human relations and employability skills, and a strong emphasis on economics and free enterprise.

The mission of DECA, Inc. is to enhance the co–curricular education of students with interest in marketing, management and entrepreneurship.

DECA provides recognition and leadership activities directly related to attainment of specific occupational and leadership skills.

DECA’s mission establishes clear criteria for its programs and activities.

DECA helps students to develop skills and competence for marketing careers, to build self–esteem, to experience leadership and to practice community service.

DECA is committed to the advocacy of marketing education and the growth of business/education partnerships.

DECA Creed

I believe in the future which I am planning for myself in the field of marketing and management, and in the opportunities which my vocation offers.

I believe in fulfilling the highest measure of service to my vocation, my fellow beings, my country and my God - that by so doing, I will be rewarded with personal satisfaction and material wealth.

I believe in the democratic philosophies of private enterprise and competition, and in the freedoms of this nation- that these philosophies allow for the fullest development of my individual abilities.

I believe that by doing my best to live according to these high principles, I will be of greater service both to myself and to mankind.

For more information about DECA and its mission, check out the DECA national Web site.