California DECA released the following statement regarding Gov. Brown’s Budget Proposal: California Business Education Teachers and Students React to Governor Brown’s Budget Proposal Eliminating DECA, Future Farmers of America and other CTE/CTSO Funding May 15, 2017 — In his 2017-18 State Budget released earlier in the year, Governor Brown proposed the complete elimination of funding […]Read More
May 15, 2017 — In his 2017-18 State Budget released earlier in the year, Governor Brown proposed the complete elimination of funding for DECA—Emerging Leaders and Entrepreneurs, Future Business Leaders of America, SkillsUSA, HOSA – Future Health Professionals, FCCLA, Future Farmers of America and other programs in Career Technical Education (CTE) serving students throughout California. Also included in these cuts were the elimination of Partnership Academy Programs, the University of California Curriculum Institute for recognizing CTE courses for admission purposes, and critical programs driving California’s leadership in information technology, entrepreneurship, agriculture, tourism, and STEM.
“Governor Brown does not realize he is hurting students and the future of California by proposing elimination of Career Technical Student Organizations like DECA, Future Farmers of America, Future Business Leaders of America and other CTE funding in California” said Mary Whited, Board Chair of the California Association of DECA.
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California DECA April Newsletter Message From the President This was an incredibly busy month for not just the State Officer Team, but all of California DECA. We all owned our future at ICDC in Anaheim, with California once again proving our competitive excellence with 80 finalists, 50 Top 10 finishes, and 14 trophies! From riding […]Read More
This was an incredibly busy month for not just the State Officer Team, but all of California DECA. We all owned our future at ICDC in Anaheim, with California once again proving our competitive excellence with 80 finalists, 50 Top 10 finishes, and 14 trophies! From riding rollercoasters to dominating the competition, California DECA had an incredible conference.
As for the state officer team, ICDC was an amazing opportunity for us to meet and interact with the lifeblood of California DECA: the members. Thank you for inspiring us with your energy and reminding us why we chose to run for office: to serve and spread the unique DECA experience.
ICDC was also a chance for us to familiarize ourselves with other associations from across the country and around the world. We helped elect your new Executive President, Jaron May, as well as the new Western Region Vice President, Haley Haas.
For the month ahead, we plan on finalizing our Program of Leadership that will lay out our goals for the coming year. We will also be advocating for DECA, helping to push for increased funding and support within California’s legislature for CTE programs and CTSOs. As this DECA year comes to a close, feel free to invite any state officers to attend your end-of-the-year banquets to celebrate what a wonderful year it has been.
This past month, twenty-six Amador Valley DECA competitors headed to the pinnacle of DECA competition: the International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, California from April 26-29. Along with all fifty states, several other regions, including Canada, Guam, Mexico, China, Puerto Rico, Spain, and South Korea, sent members to compete in events covering hospitality, management, marketing, and finance.
Since August, students have spent countless hours preparing their presentations, studying for tests, and writing detailed reports in order to advance past the regional and state competitions. ICDC allows students to showcase skills that are crucial for success in today’s dynamic business world.
The Amador Valley chapter has been consistently successful at international competition in the past, with a long list of members who have placed Top 3. These members have created a legacy of chapter success, and Amador Valley DECA currently stands as one of the most competitively successful chapters in California.
In total, Amador Valley DECA had eight teams qualify for the final found, or Top 20. Of those eight teams, four proceeded to the Top 10, and two of those landed on the podium. The teams include:
Competing against hundreds of other members from all fifty states and several other countries around the world, countless students from the Fremont Unified School District were recognized as international finalists in their events at the 2017 International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, California from April 26-29.
ICDC is the pinnacle of the DECA year, in which more than 19,000 high school students, advisors, alumni, and professionals gather for several days of DECA activities and competition. While some participated in the Emerging Leader Series to develop their collaboration and critical thinking, other members showcased their career knowledge and skills by participating in DECA’s industry-validated competitive events, which areas range from marketing to entrepreneurship. The members, who qualified by placing Top 4 at California’s State Career Development Conference, were evaluated by more than 1,000 business professionals and experts.
FUSD students placed Top 3 in two events:
Several other FUSD students were finalists in the following categories:
From April 25-30, thirty students and chaperones from Harker DECA traveled to Anaheim to attend the 2017 International Career Development Conference for a week of tough competition, inspiring leadership academies, and unforgettable memories.
During the first two days, students had the opportunity to explore the Disneyland Hotel and Downtown Disney, participate in the DECA 5k, prepare for competition at the California training session, enjoy a chapter dinner at the Rainforest Café, and attend the Grand Opening Session at the convention center, which included a FIDM-sponsored fashion show, various keynote speakers, and musical performances by Echosmith and Billy Gilman.
During the next two days, students competed in their respective events or attended the Emerging Leader Series academies, and later enjoyed a night at the DECA Party at Universal Studios Hollywood.
On the last day, students gathered for the Achievement Awards Session to find out whether they would compete later that day. In total, six teams from Harker DECA finalized during the preliminary awards session, with three of those teams moving on to Top 10 and two landing on the podium at the Grand Awards Session.
The finalists from Harker are as follows:
“In terms of competition, Harker DECA had its most successful ICDC thus far, which is really a result of everyone’s hard work over the past year,” said Shreyas Chandrashekaran (11), Harker DECA Co-Chief Executive Officer. “I loved seeing how much these students learned and improved regardless of whether they were finalists or not. Everyone was cheering on and rooting for their fellow students, and there was a real sense of camaraderie among them. We really came together as a group and that really contributed to the overall high energy of the chapter this year.”
ICDC 2017 was definitely one to remember for attendees from the numerous pleasures, cheers, and memories made. This final conference of the year was one many people will keep in their hearts forever.
Amazement and laughter were both present at Foothill High School DECA’s talent show. With over 200 attendees, Foothill DECA was able to raise over $1,500, donating half of the profits to Doctors Without Borders.
Attendees included students from all grade levels who came to take a night off and go to “Somewhere in Paradise,” the tropical theme of the talent show. The show gave students a chance to demonstrate their hidden talents; acts ranged from Abel John playing music on his calculator to Jasmine Tong-Seely and Cindy Guo singing a duet.
This was not Foothill DECA’s first rodeo; the chapter has been hosting these shows since 2010, making this their 7th consecutive show. These talent shows have become an annual event in which students look forward to watching their friends perform.
DECA may be an organization that prepares emerging leaders for careers in the business industry, but it also brings different students together to have fun and create lifelong friendships.
The California DECA March Press Kit Message from the President This has been a hectic yet joyful month for the entire State Officer Team. From being elected to starting work as a team, it has been a month of getting ready for the year ahead. At our welcome retreat in Irvine, we worked closely with […]Read More
This has been a hectic yet joyful month for the entire State Officer Team. From being elected to starting work as a team, it has been a month of getting ready for the year ahead.
At our welcome retreat in Irvine, we worked closely with the state staff to further develop our leadership skills, foster a team-oriented mindset, map out our broad goals for the coming year, and film our ICDC promotional video.
This next month is often one of the busiest months of the year. But, with continued preparation and development, I am certain that we will overcome any challenges to come and produce a stellar Program of Work for the members of California DECA.
— David Xu
This past March, two Washington High School teachers were recognized by California DECA for their outstanding efforts as teachers and as leaders.
During the opening session of California DECA’s SCDC, Ms. Lisa-Marie Burns, a business instructor at Washington High School, was named California DECA’s Business Person of the Year, and Mr. Vincent Wu, a math teacher and DECA advisor, earned the title of Advisor of the Year.
Ms. Burns has been a dedicated coach and advocate for DECA, frequently serving as a judge and starting scholarship programs for her local DECA chapter, all while managing her financial consulting firm and earning a Ph.D. in organizational leadership. Mr. Wu, described by many as a selfless and passionate leader, has gone out of his way to ensure the best DECA experience for all of his students and has recently been appointed as the advisor for the Northern California District Action Team.
California DECA would like to thank these two once again for their commitment, and we are immensely grateful for all of the business educators who continue to shape the emerging leaders and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.
The original article can be found here.
In the face of recent policies regarding Career and Technical Education in California, Washington High School DECA has implemented its very own tier program to help members who were not able to compete in DECA this year get a head start.
The tiered program consists of two levels of membership: one being the DECompetitors, members enrolled in a CTE class and eligible to compete at conferences, and the other being the DECApprentices, members not eligible to compete but still interested in DECA. DECApprentices, which are mostly underclassmen, attend workshops and mock competitions to gain points for prizes and event discounts throughout the year in addition to officer opportunities.
As a whole, the newly-pioneered program aims to gauge member interest and encourage non-competing members to stay active in DECA for future years to come.
The original article can be found here.
On March 24, Amador Valley DECA students hosted a public speaking contest for elementary school students in partnership with RSVP Speech, an affiliate organization. The contest, which took place after weeks of speaking workshops and individual preparation, consisted of a performance of the speech by the participants and recognition of the winners.
This year, RSVP Speech prompted students to answer the question: “How can you make an impact on the world?” Participants attended speaking classes and were guided by instructors through the speech writing process, and later presented their final speeches to a panel of judges the week of the contest.
RSVP Speech, an organization founded in 2012 by Amador Valley DECA students, emphasizes the importance of public speaking by equipping elementary schoolers with essential speaking skills for the future, and its efforts have been endorsed by Assemblywoman Catharine Baker. The annual contest serves as a testament to Amador Valley’s commitment to giving back and the students’ passion for growing the next generation of speakers and leaders.
Learn more at www.rsvpspeech.com
ICDC is quickly approaching, and as the hosts, your new State Officer Team has been working hard to ensure that this year’s international conference is flawless.
Team 67 has spent the last few weeks transitioning into their new positions and diligently preparing for ICDC’s social media promotions, competition workshops, and state meetings. Here’s a friendly reminder from the state officers to continue studying your competitive events and bring home that #CAgold! Team 67 wishes good luck to all the competitors and strives to help everyone own their future at #DECAICDC!
Team 67 wishes good luck to all the competitors and strives to help everyone own their future at #DECAICDC!
This past March, over 4,000 DECA members from around the state attended the annual State Career Development Conference from March 2-5, 2017 in Santa Clara, CA, which was the pinnacle California DECA conference of the year. Here, members displayed their competitive excellence in roleplay, written, virtual business, and protege events.
Members enjoyed the various highlights of the conference, including the opening session, motivational speaker John Beede, mini awards, campaign activities, workshops, President’s Council, DECA dance, election session, and grand awards.
On the final day, members of California DECA were recognized for their efforts and found out who would be representing the association at our international competition. SCDC was adjourned with a farewell from Team 66 and an introduction to Team 67, the six newly-elected state officers that will lead California DECA in the coming year.