• DECA: What is it?

    By giving students hands-on experiences in the fields of marketing, business and entrepreneurship, DECA enhances the classroom experience by providing conferences and competitions that mold high school students into character-driven leaders. Find out how you can be part of making a difference!

    Membership Benefits

    Cash awards
    Participate in competitive events
    Network with fellow DECA members
    Build confidence

    Who belongs to this dynamic organization?

    Any student enrolled in marketing education at Lakewood High School can join DECA. Students elect their own officers.  The DECA chapter is self-supportive, with members paying chapter, state, and national membership dues. 

    It all Starts in the Classroom—DECA’s Home Base

    The DECA classroom is a learning experience like no other. In many ways, the DECA classroom has been likened to a "learning laboratory" where students can explore the real-life impact of their decisions, participate in activities where they can make a difference in their community, and develop leadership skills that last a lifetime.

    DECA classroom activities are exciting because they go far beyond textbook learning. Members participate in operating their school stores, working in teams on various projects, and become involved in civic activities where they make important contributions to their communities. DECA also connects students to the world of business outside the classroom.

    DECA members are teamed with business professionals for job shadowing and mentoring programs, a learning experience that gives them an enormous head start on their careers.