The purpose of Connecticut DECA is to enhance the co-curricular education of students with interests in marketing, management, and entrepreneurship as well help those students develop career skills and competence, build self esteem, experience leadership, and practice community service.
Connecticut DECA is committed to advocacy of marketing education and the growth of both business and educational partnerships.
What is Connecticut DECA?
Connecticut DECA is an association of marketing students and teachers from high schools throughout the state. As members students gain valuable insight into the fields of marketing , merchandising, management, finance, and entrepreneurship careers. Through its curriculum, conferences, and activities, DECA creates a showplace for skills learned by students in the marketing education instructional program in their high school.
Through competitive events at the state and national level, as well as state and regional conferences, members in Connecticut DECA build bridges between school and work while linkng student occupational goals with leadership, professional, and community service training opportunities. CT DECA has grown to 58 chapters with a membership that exceeds 2,500 students and advisers. Students and advisers follow the ideals and theme set at the national level to achieve the goals and aspirations of each and every student in the marketing environment within our high schools.
Each year, under the direction of our elected state officer team, Connecticut DECA looks to continue its growth and build on past performance. Our annual program of work culminates at the International Career Development Conference where Connecticut students have ranked among some of our nation's best and most talented competitors year after year.
Whether you are a member, chapter adviser, parent or businessperson, there are countless opportunities for you to benefit from everything that the Connecticut DECA has to offer. You are invited to browse our site and learn more about CT DECA.
First founded in 1946 as the Distributive Education Clubs of America, DECA continues to maintain its ambitious goal for improving educational and career opportunities in marketing, management, and entrepreneurship for high school students. Throughout its existence, DECA has remained on the cutting edge of educational innovation, working with the business community to integrate academic achievement with vocational and career skills. Although the organization has evolved and grown over time, the fundamental reasons for its forming are still invaluable.
Effective marketing education gives young people the tools and aptitudes they need to pursue their dreams.
Marketing education works best when it's part of an integrated education program linking classroom instruction with internship experience for career success.