What We Do

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. DECA enhances the co-curricular education of members through a comprehensive learning program that integrates into classroom instruction, applies learning, connects to business and promotes competition.

DECA’s activities assist in the development of academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders. DECA’s attributes and values describe our priorities and standards. We value competence, innovation, integrity and teamwork in preparing college and career ready students.

North Carolina DECA has over 10,000 members representing approximately 150 chapters across the state. Having been a charter member of the International Association, North Carolina DECA is proud to historically be one of the top 15 largest associations on the international level.


With over a 75 year history, DECA has touched the lives of more than ten million students, educators, school administrators and business professionals. Their strong connection to our organization has helped build a brand that people identify as a remarkable experience in the preparation of emerging leaders and entrepreneurs. Our members include: