11/22/2013 DECA




With more than a 65 year history, DECA has impacted the lives of more than ten million students, educators, school administrators, and business professionals since it was founded in 1946. 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 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. We value competence, innovation, integrity and teamwork.


Students considering careers related to accounting, banking services, corporate finance, insurance, or securities and investments likely have bright futures ahead. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, growth rates in these fields are generally expected to grow at an above-average rate between 2010 and 2020. Overall, occupations in business and financial operations are expected to increase by 17 percent by 2020.  

While the job outlook is positive, those pursuing careers in finance will likely need at least a bachelor’s degree to break into the field due to high levels of specialization and competition. Employers seek candidates that possess strong analytic, communication, problem-solving, math, and technical skills. DECA has well-established programs and partners in place to help high school and college students progress towards their goals of entering the world of finance.
DECA’s Comprehensive Learning Program in Finance

DECA and Collegiate DECA offer many competitive events and learning activities related to finance.  Each competitive event is designed to help students develop skills, which will help them in their future career. Elements from instructional activities can directly support skill development related to finance while also developing 21st Century Skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration.

Using DECA in the Classroom
DECA activities can be incorporated into daily classroom instruction to help students acquire and develop financial skills.  Below are several examples:

  • Personal Finance teachers can have their students participate in online simulations such as the Stock Market Game or Virtual Business Challenge-Personal Finance. The simulations support student learning of topics such as investing in the stock market, saving for retirement, buying insurance, renting an apartment and buying a car.
  • Accounting teachers can use sample role-plays from DECA’s Accounting Applications Series Event as checks for understanding.  After teaching a lesson on depreciation teachers can give their students a scenario which assesses their knowledge of depreciation schedules.
  • H&R Block has created a Financial Literacy Promotional Project Student Resource packet to assist members with this competitive event.  This resource packed is jam-packed with literature on responsible finance, infographics and entertaining workshops to help students understand the importance of managing their finances. This resource packet can be found on DECA’s website.

All of the DECA competitive events and learning activities can be integrated into classroom instruction to support the learning and assessment of financial concepts and national curriculum standards in finance.


DECA understands that effective teachers actively seek out new resources and professional development opportunities so they can better teach their students. In an effort to help teachers, DECA provides opportunities to attend professional development sessions both in person and online.  Some sessions even provide continuing education units (CEUs) for teachers.  Below are a few examples of professional development opportunities provided by DECA.

•    Finance Best Practices Institute
•    Google Plus Hangouts
•    Webinars


Chapter members in Coral Gables Florida have been recognized for outstanding achievement at the local, state, and international levels of DECA competition.  At the 2013 International Career Development Conference, Coral Glades DECA members had one first place finish and three other finishes in the top ten in various competitive events.

Jillian Berg is the lead teacher at the Coral Glades Academy of Finance.  Jillian has been a DECA advisor for fifteen years and is herself a former DECA member. The Academy of Finance offers courses in marketing, fashion, finance and AP economics.

As a means of teaching and assessing student knowledge and skills related to finance, Jillian incorporates many of DECA’s competitive events into her curriculum and instruction.  DECA’s Accounting Applications Series Event, Financial Services Team Decision Making Event, Business Finance Series Event, Finance Operations Research Event and Financial Literacy Promotion Project have all been incorporated into classroom instruction.   


Shane Thomas, Director of Competitive Events
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