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DECA End-of-the-Year Chapter Banquets

As the 2016-2017 DECA season drew to a close, countless chapters across the state hosted their own chapter banquets to recognize their competitive and leadership accomplishments of the year.  The California DECA State Officer Team was extremely humbled to receive invitations to numerous banquets and was eager to celebrate the year’s successes alongside members. Team 67 […]

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May Press Kit

California’s DECA May Newsletter Message From the President May, or better known as the month of post-ICDC blues, was a time for end-of-the-year celebration and planning for the oncoming DECA year. This month, the state officer team had the honor of being invited to various end-of-the-year banquets, and we were incredibly impressed by the accomplishments […]

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Recap: Team 67 Takes Sacramento for 2017-2018 Strategic Planning

This month, your California DECA State Officers gathered in the lovely city of Sacramento for a strategic planning retreat. In Sacramento, home to the state Capitol, Team 67 met with legislators to advance the future of CTE, met with the California DECA Board of Directors, and planned their Program of Leadership for the new year ahead. In […]

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Team 67’s Program of Leadership Overview

From David Xu, State President: Your 2017-18 California DECA State Officer Team is incredibly excited to showcase their plans and aspirations for the coming year. Team 67 will strive to accomplish more than ever in the various subsections of the Program of Leadership, emphasizing communication and support for all chapters. The Program of Leadership will […]

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California DECA Owned The Future at ICDC

DECA Inc.’s 2017 International Career Development Conference was held in our home state of California, in the beautiful city of Anaheim from April 26-29.   As the culmination of the 2016-2017 competitive season, over 19,000 DECA members traveled from various states, countries, and provinces to meet and compete with the best of the best. With […]

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Gov Brown’s Budget Proposal Eliminating DECA and other CTE/CTSO funding

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 […]

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April Press Kit

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 […]

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March Press Kit

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 […]

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New State Officers Announced

Congratulations to the newly elected members of California DECA’s Team 67!   State President David Xu, Foothill High School   Vice President of Communications Jasmine Tong-Seely, Irvington High School   Vice President of Public Relations Ashton Lam, Amador Valley High School   Vice President of Northern California Christopher Kusumonegoro, Castro Valley High School […]

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SCDC Social Media Challenge

The SCDC Social Media Challenge is here! Who will take home the eternal glory of being crowned the kings and queens of social media? Remember to check California DECA’s social media accounts @CaliforniaDECA to find team assignments. Team Challenges Must be completed with members from your Social Media Team: Selfie with your State Officer Team […]

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Team 66 Annual Report

Dear California DECA Members and Partners: Wow, it has been quite a year! It is with great pleasure that I present California DECA’s 2016-2017 Annual Report. The report includes key information on the State Officer Team’s activities this past year and stories on how California DECA remains a life-changing Career and Technical Student Organization. For […]

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February Press Kit

The California DECA February Press Kit Articles from the Chapters Irvington DECA Hosted by Local Television Segment Kevin Mao, Irvington High School DECA Irvington DECA officers Jasmine Tong-Seely, Kevin Mao, Sam Moturi, and Vishaank Ghai appeared on the Fremont Unified School District’s “Community Conversations” show in light of the organization’s recent success at the Northern California Career Development Conference. Co-hosted […]

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Top 10 Reasons to Get Excited for SCDC 2017

With our 2017 State Career Development Conference just days away, it’s time to get excited to Own Our Futures at the pinnacle California DECA event of the year. Here is a list of 10 things you can look forward to at this year’s SCDC: 1. Competition: It’s no secret that California DECA brings the heat […]

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Irvington DECA Hosted by Local Television Segment

  Fremont, Calif.–January 31, 2017–Irvington DECA officers Jasmine Tong-Seely, Kevin Mao, Sam Moturi, and Vishaank Ghai appeared on the Fremont Unified School District’s “Community Conversations” show in light of the organization’s recent success at the Northern California Career Development Conference. Co-hosted by K.K. Kaneshiro and Fremont Unified School District superintendent Dr. Jim Morris, the show […]

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ICDC Trading Pin Contest Winner Announced

Congratulations to Alisa Su of The Harker School for being selected as the 2017 California DECA ICDC Trading Pin Contest Design Winner! Her design will be used as the foundation for the look and feel of the final trading pin California DECA members will wear at the 2017 International Career Development Conference in Anaheim this April. The […]

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January Press Kit

The California DECA January Press Kit Articles from the Chapters DVHS DECA BOOST: Mini Conference Rithik Rajani, Dougherty Valley High School DECA DVHS DECA BOOST held its first successful Mini Conference for the middle schoolers. Like high school mini conferences, the purpose of the conference was to simulate a business environment, while giving the students […]

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Look Back on NorCal CDC

To kick off 2017 with a bang, California DECA held its Northern California District Career Development Conference from January 13-15 in San Ramon, CA. This year, Northern California saw some major changes, the biggest being the election of next year’s Vice President of Northern California. The six candidates presented their campaign speeches during the Opening […]

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Look Back at Silicon Valley CDC

The 2017 Silicon Valley Career Development Conference, held in San Jose, CA January 6-8, gave Silicon Valley DECA members an opportunity to showcase their competitive excellence and DECA pride. Over seven hundred DECA members from eleven different schools attended the event. All conference attendees displayed a fiery passion as they sought to own their future. The conference began on […]

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Sing the National Anthem at SCDC

California DECA is seeking a National Anthem singer for the 2017 State Career Development Conference Opening Session. Submit your video audition by February 3, 2017. Click here to learn more.

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December Press Kit

The California DECA December Press Kit Articles from the Chapters DVHS DECA Middle School Program: DVHS DECA BOOST Rithik Rajani, Dougherty Valley High School DECA This year, DVHS DECA decided to launch a middle school program called DVHS DECA BOOST. BOOST means Business Occupation Oriented Student Training. DVHS DECA BOOST President, Rithik Rajani, launched the program […]

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Get Ready for District CDCs!

The 2017 California DECA District Career Development Conferences are right around the corner! Silicon Valley CDC will be held from January 6-8 in San Jose, while NorCal CDC and SoCal CDC will be held from January 13-15 in San Ramon and Anaheim, respectively. Here’s a preview of what you can expect at your district conference! […]

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ICDC 2017 Trading Pin Contest

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Do you want to design California DECA’s trading pin for #DECAICDC 2017?  Click here to download the Guidelines and read more about the contest requirements. Then use this link to submit your designs. All entires are due by January 20, 2017.

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Whoops! How Your Failure Can Make You a Better Leader

We all know it happens. You forget to submit an assignment on time… A project you worked on does not pan out… You do not have as many members as you want sign up for a project… We all have failures in both our personal lives and in DECA. Yet, while these failures may bring us down, […]

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Prepare for District CDC

Competition season is just around the corner, and it is time to make sure you are prepared to Own Your District CDC! This article will show you how to prepare to conquer your competition and make sure that you bring all your necessary materials to the conference. Starting in 2014, DECA Inc. began posting the primary instructional area(s) assessed […]

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Happy Holidays!

T’was the night before districts, when all through the state, all the members were preparing to make their rolep lays great… If you watched Team 66’s Holiday Wrap, you must recognize this play on the famous story, “T’was the Night Before Christmas.” With district competitions and finals for most schools rapidly approaching, California DECA would also […]

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November Press Kit

The California DECA November Press Kit Letter from the Editor To whom it may concern: This Online Press Kit is for the use of the media, members, government officials, and any other community organizations interested in the activities of the high school members of California DECA. It is my hope that through this Kit that […]

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Advocate with DECA

Meeting with your local legislators is one of the most valuable things you can do not only as a DECA member, but as a member of your community. Local legislators range from your Congressperson that represents your district in Washington D.C. all the way to your local school board. Advocating to these local representatives is important […]

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Sleepless in Seattle

Sleepless in Seattle. If the 2016 Western Region Leadership Conference could be put into just three words, those would be it. Washington DECA planned a phenomenal conference packed with mock competition, motivational speakers, networking opportunities, and unique experiences in the Emerald City. With association officers and members from all over Washington State and the Western […]

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A Look Back on SV LACE

Almost 500 California DECA members attended the 10th Annual California Leadership and Competitive Excellence Conference (LACE) this past month in San Jose. Originally a Silicon Valley-exclusive event, the conference expanded to NorCal and SoCal DECA chapters for the first time this year. The conference began with the Opening Ceremony as members were welcomed by the SVDAT officers. The keynote […]

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A Look Back on NorCal LDC

On Saturday, October 29th, Northern California DECA hosted its annual District Leadership Development Conference (LDC). Unlike last year, this year’s conference was a single day event held at the University of California, Berkeley where State President, Moksh Jawa, Vice President of Communications, Lenexa Gonsalves, and Vice President of Northern California, Yash Desai, led activities and […]

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A Look Back on SoCal LDC

When several buses packed with enthusiastic DECA members from across Southern California arrived at the UC, Irvine Athletic Recreation Center, many college students seemed perplexed. This was the scene of the Southern California Leadership Development Conference (LDC) which took place at UC, Irvine last month. Students moved inside where they spent several hours in intensive […]

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Boost Your Productivity

With the school year in full swing, some students are hitting their groove and grinding away, while others may yet be clinging onto a diminishing dream that used to be called “summer.” This article is designed for those of you looking for a productive “pick me up,” and for those that are looking to further increase their efficiency. Let’s take […]

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Professional Learning Series Webinars

For those that we’re able to join us, we’ve posted the webinar series on YouTube! Each of these topics are a chance for advisors of any level to better integrate DECA into their class room and further develop their chapter. These brief 15-30 minute sessions will highlight the specific topics needed to expand one’s DECA knowledge.

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Networking 101

While attending a DECA conference, your mind will undoubtedly be focused on walking across the stage while holding a 1st place glass plaque. However, conferences are also invaluable opportunities for forming connections with students who share similar interests; most of which you would not have had an opportunity to meet outside of DECA. Here are some tips to […]

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Reign at WRLC

The 2016 Western Region Leadership Conference in Seattle registration deadline is almost here! This year’s WRLC will bring together DECA members from across the Western Region to develop their leadership skills and competition. By attending this conference, you will: Participate in expert-led workshops Practice your role play and interviews skills in mock competitions Tour the Emerald City of the […]

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Competition Season is Back!

It’s finally time! After months of waiting, it is time to start preparing for your competitions. With several different events to choose from, here is a look at what is new for DECA competitions this year! Personal Financial Literacy Category: DECA has added a Personal Financial Literacy Category, complementing the existing marketing, finance, hospitality, business administration, […]

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Advisor Professional Development Webinars

Calling all advisors! We are excited to announce that California DECA will be providing three California DECA Webinars; the first of which will be next Tuesday, October 4.  Each is free and open to all.  We believe they will be a great opportunity to expand your DECA knowledge and better understand how to integrate DECA […]

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Back to School, Back to DECA!

As summer comes to end, a new school year begins and so does another year of DECA! Although the district and state conferences may seem far away, in order to truly maximize your DECA experience, you need to start strong. Here are 5 tips that ensure your success in DECA this year:   Get Involved Early and […]

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My Passion for DECA

The Vice President of Northern California, Yash Desai, shares what DECA means to him. Leadership. Public speaking. Entrepreneurship. These are all things that have resonated with me throughout my high school education. I loved to speak in front of crowds, and I was always excited to lead a group. One of the biggest hurdles that came […]

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ELS in San Francisco

This #summerofDECA, the California DECA State Officers and several California Chapter Officer Teams attended the DECA Emerging Leader Summit hosted in San Francisco. Here, Chapter Officers attended Elevate, the academy that teaches Chapter Officers the tips and tricks of running a chapter and having a successful year. Your State Officers attended Empower, the academy that helps develop programming […]

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A Look Back at an Epic Year

What an epic year it has been for California DECA! In August, some were excited for back-t0-school, but everyone was excited for the start of a new DECA year. The Presidents Council kicked off in September with an overview of the fall conferences and a preview of what was in store for the year ahead. In […]

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DECA Night with the LA Galaxy

Calling all SoCal chapters! The Los Angeles Galaxy will be hosting a DECA night on September 25th at 1:00 PM. The Galaxy  will be battling it out against the Seattle Sounders, all while celebrating the students of DECA! A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to California DECA. Tickets are only $30, so don’t miss this awesome […]

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Summer of DECA

June 20th marks the first day of summer! While summer typically signifies pool parties, visits to the beach, climbing temperatures, and daily barbecues, be sure to take advantage of the school-free days! However, don’t forgot about your love of DECA. Here are some ways to remain DECA-cated throughout this #SummerofDECA. The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is a […]

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DECA Chapter Banquets

The end of the 2015-2016 school year also signifies the end of another successful year of competition and leadership in DECA. The California DECA State Officer Team had the privilege of being invited to attend several chapters’ end-of-year banquets to celebrate the successes, bid farewell to graduating seniors, and build excitement more the future. The State Officer Team attended the banquets of Dougherty […]

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#DECAepic ICDC Success

The hundreds of thousands of dedicated, passionate leaders, competitors, and advisors that make up DECA Inc. work all year towards a common goal – the International Career Development Conference. During the week of April 23rd through the 26th in Nashville, Tennessee, DECA Inc. held the 2016 ICDC, with a more than 17,500 dedicated individuals present.

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Fall Leadership Conferences Announcement

We’re excited to announce that the 2016 California DECA Fall Conferences will be open to all registered CA DECA chapters, regardless of the chapters district designation!

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Conquering the Post-ICDC Blues

It’s hard to believe that ICDC 2016 is already over. Where did all of the epic times with fellow members go? If you are already feeling those post-ICDC blues, this post is here to help you! First, you are going to want to get our all of your DECA swag and trading pins! Hopefully you were […]

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How to Get the Most Out of ICDC

The 2016 International Career Development Conference is just around the corner, and much of your waiting will soon be over. At ICDC, you will not be spending all of your time competing. In fact, it is likely that you will have at least one day where you will not have any competition-related activities. So, with your extra time, […]

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DECA Amped Advisor Grant Application Now Available

Calling all California DECA Advisors: You’re invited to attend DECA AMPED, a re-imagined professional learning experience designed for both new and seasoned business, marketing, finance, hospitality, and entrepreneurship teachers! Join DECA advisors from across the country in Denver, Colorado on June 21-24 to learn from DECA staff, advisors, alumni, and business and industry experts, on […]

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Meet Your New [EPIC] State Officers

Congratulations to the newly elected 2016-2017 California DECA State Officers! Click here to read more about Team 66.   Moksh Jawa President Washington High School Yash Desai Vice President of Northern California American High School Christopher Carlsen Vice President of Southern California Valencia High School Lenexa Gonsalves Vice President of Communications American High School Joel […]

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