DECA - Connecting the classroom to the real world of business.

DECA (The Professional Association of Marketing, Management, Finance, & Entrepreneurship Students) is an integral part of the marketing curriculum and all marketing students are highly encouraged to join DECA. DECA enhances academic performance and student achievement.   Membership enables students to participate in DECA activities which include: Competitions (Regional, State and International Career Development Conference), Leadership Conferences, Community Service Projects, and members are eligible to receive International DECA and North Carolina DECA scholarships ($300,000+). ACRHS DECA dues are $20/year. 


DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.


Our guiding principles explain how we fulfill our mission by addressing what we do and the outcomes we expect. DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, applying learning in the context of business, connecting to business and the community and promoting competition. Our student members leverage their DECA experience to become academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders.


Our attributes and values describe DECA's priorities and standards. We value competence, innovation, integrity and teamwork.

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