What is DECA?
DECA is a nationwide association of marketing students that has been around since 1946. It is a CTSO (Career Technical Student Organization), or, in other words, it is a club that is closely related to a vocational academic area. For example, FFA is another CTSO. DECA has five divisions, but its high school division is divided into three levels: local, state, and national. At the local level, individual clubs at each high school, called chapters, can do projects and activities as the chapter officers and advisor see fit. The chapters in a state comprise the state or provincial associations that can take on larger initiatives. Hartford DECA is part of the Wisconsin DECA association. When all 56 state and provincial associations join together, they form national DECA: DECA Incorporated. The high school division offers chances to enhance the marketing experience in the classroom with real-world applications at Career Development Conferences. There are also chances to develop leadership skills, improve social abilities, and to complete service. This is an organization for those interested in developing marketing skills, a career in business, becoming a better leader, making some new friends, or just having fun.