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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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Roses are red, DECA Diamonds are Blue Read why your state officers love DECA too.

I love DECA because it has empowered me with the skills to pursue entrepreneurship. My first experience starting a business was in middle school, when I cofounded a nonprofit organization called HEARTS. During one of my trips to China, I learned that many rural children have no opportunity to obtain an education because their family’s […]

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State Conference Chapter Activity Options

We’re extremely excited for our move to San Diego this year for the 2016 State Career Development Conference! One of the most difficult parts of planning a trip to new city with a group is deciding what to do outside of the regularly scheduled conference activities. California DECA has taken the work out of this, […]

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Why I Ran for State Office

Some DECA members know from the beginning that they want to run for state office. Others are not as interested in officer positions, and simply want to compete. However, if you are in the middle and are unsure if state office is right for you, then I hope that this blog post will help you […]

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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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“Hello my name is….” How to Network and make the most of our DECA experience

With District Conferences around the corner, whether it is your first conference or last, most of us feel both excited and anxious as we prepare for the first competitive conferences of this DECA season. While competition preparation may take up most of our time, it’s important to take breaks, enjoy the conference setting, and of […]

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Judges Needed for Upcoming Conferences

California DECA is currently seeking judges for our upcoming District and State Career Development Conferences. As a Competitive Event Judge, you’ll sit across the table from tomorrow’s emerging leaders as they compete in one of nearly 50 competitive events, ranging from Principles of Marketing to Business Finance. DECA members have been preparing for months in classrooms around […]

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Leadership Development Conference Recaps

Your regional Vice Presidents, Cathy Ding, Southern Region Vice President, and Abhisek Sahoo, Northern Region Vice President tell us about their leadership development conferences. Southern California Leadership Development Conference  This year marks the first year that California DECA has held the Southern California Leadership Development conference in the beautiful and sunny city of Irvine, California! […]

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DECA Emerging Leaders Summit Epic #MOments in Washington, D.C.

By: California DECA Vice President of Communications Moksh Jawa This summer your state officers attended the DECA Emerging Leaders Summit (ELS) in Tysons, Virginia from July 12th – 14th. There were 180 association and chapter officers in attendance. Team 65 attended workshops led by Ryan Underwood and Amy Gallimore of TRI Leadership, Lieutenant J. Lyons, […]

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18,000 DECA Members Attend ICDC

Orlando, Fla. ­– June 11, 2015 – 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 18th through the 21st in Orlando, Florida, DECA Inc. held the 2015 ICDC, with […]

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Team 65 Visits the State Capitol

By Abhisek Sahoo Your state officers visited Sacramento May 15th- May 17th. Their meeting served two purposes: developing an action plan for the upcoming year, and advocating for support of Assembly Bill 916 (AB916), which potentially can provide over 1.17$ million to Career Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) and Career Technical Education (CTE). Friday morning, the […]

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Team 65 Visits the State Capitol

  Your state officers visited Sacramento May 15th- May 17th. Their meeting served two purposes: developing an action plan for the upcoming year, and advocating for support of Assembly Bill 916 (AB916), which potentially can provide over 1.17$ million to Career Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) and Career Technical Education (CTE). Friday morning, the officers embarked […]

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4 Tips for Gaining an EDGE at ICDC

With the 2015 International Career Development Conference only moments away, many of you may be feeling the butterflies fluttering in your stomach as you prepare for the big event in Orlando, Florida. Perfecting the execution of your presentation for the big competition may seem like an impossible task, but with these tips, you’ll be sure […]

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California DECA 2014-2015 Scholarship Recipients Anounced

Costa Mesa, California.–March 25, 2015— DECA Inc. announced the 2014-2015 scholarship recipients on March 23rd, 2015. Over one hundred exceptional DECA members were awarded with scholarships this year, and California DECA is honored to recognize five of those beneficiaries as our own. Each year, DECA Inc. and its corporate partners award over $300,000 in scholarships […]

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CA DECA Representatives Attend State Capitol Meeting

Sacramento Calif.–March 26, 2015– Vice President of Silicon Valley Jacinta Chang and Vice President of Northern California Abhisek Sahoo represented California DECA at a meeting with Senator Mike McGuire at the State Capitol. Representatives from six Career Technical Student Organizations were present at this meeting to advocate for Career and Technical Education to California Board […]

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Martin Luther King and The Harker School DECA – Top 3 in #IamDECA Video Challenge

DECA Inc. received over thirty inspirational submissions as part of the 2015 #IamDECA Advocacy Video Challenge. California DECA is honored to recognize two out of the top three winning teams of this challenge as our own. A total of five teams were named finalists globally. As a part of #CTEMonth, DECA Inc. challenges its members […]

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Castro Valley DECA Team Global Winner of 2015 FIDM Challenge

The 2015 Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) Challenge had fierce competition this year from all around the world. With hundreds of global entries, California DECA is proud to recognize the first place winning team of this challenge as our own. A total of eleven teams were named finalists internationally. The winning team, “Pioneer […]

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State CDC Preview

California DECA, it’s time for the 2015 State Career Development Conference in Santa Clara, California! At this conference, you will be able to demonstrate your knowledge of business and earn yourself a spot at the 2015 International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Florida. This year, California DECA has reached over 5,000 members, securing us 4 […]

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Let’s Celebrate Our #DECAlumni

It’s no big secret that DECA prepares high school students for incredible careers and experiences in their futures. As we celebrate National Career and Technical Education (CTE) month this February, let’s find out exactly what our #DECAlumni have gone on to do. Career and Technical Education Month is our time to celebrate all the opportunities […]

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Let’s Celebrate Our #DECAlumni

It’s no big secret that DECA prepares high school students for incredible careers and experiences in their futures. As we celebrate National Career and Technical Education (CTE) month this February, let’s find out exactly what our #DECAlumni have gone on to do. Career and Technical Education Month is our time to celebrate all the opportunities […]

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SCDC Social Media Challenge 2015

Thank you for participating in the SCDC Social Media Challenge! Friday Share a photo of you at Great America and be sure to #CADECA Saturday Get a photo of you and a DECA Alumni and hashtag #DECAlumni and #CADECA Sunday Post your favorite photo from SCDC with #CADECA

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Harker DECA Team Named Global Winner in 2014 DECA IDEA Challenge

January 22, 2015—Costa Mesa, Calif.—California DECA is honored to be home to the global winner of the middle school division of the 2014 DECA IDEA Challenge. The team “AA & E” from The Harker School was among the global finalists announced last week and was recently named the global winner. The team is comprised of […]

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Alumni Interview with Adam Connors

There is nothing more inspiring than getting to see just how much DECA has impacted an alum’s life. As part of California DECA’s #DECAlumni campaign, we interviewed DECA alumni Adam Connors and had the opportunity to listen to his amazing story. Joining DECA as a freshman, Connors, like many other members, did not immediately succeed […]

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Alumni Interview with Adam Connors

There is nothing more inspiring than getting to see just how much DECA has impacted an alum’s life. As part of California DECA’s #DECAlumni campaign, I interviewed DECA alumni Adam Connors and had the opportunity to listen to his amazing story. Joining DECA as a freshman, Connors, like many other members, did not immediately succeed […]

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SoCal CDC Recap

The Southern California Career Development Conference, held from January 9th to 11th, was a booming success! On Friday, we hosted our monthly Presidents’ Council meeting, informing them about what’s to be expected at the conference as well as other association information. After that, we hopped right into testing, with every member at the conference taking […]

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NorCal CDC Recap

Recently, California DECA held its annual Northern California Career Development Conference at the San Ramon Marriott from January 16th – 18th. This event provided an opportunity for DECA students from across Northern California to take their leadership skills and abilities as competitors to the next level! The conference began on Friday night, when chapters checked in […]

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Harker School DECA Team Is Finalist in 2014 DECA Idea Challenge

January 16, 2015—Costa Mesa, Calif.—With more than 1,700 global entries in the 2014 DECA Idea Challenge, California DECA is honored to recognize one of the eight Global Finalists as our own. A total of six teams were named finalists in the high school/collegiate category, and two teams were named finalists in the middle school category. […]

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Harker School DECA Team Is Finalist in 2014-15 Finish Line Challenge

January 16, 2015—Costa Mesa, Calif.—California DECA is proud to recognize the team from the Harker School as one of the three finalist teams in the 2014-2015 Finish Line Challenge (FINL). The team is comprised of Glenn Reddy and Logan Drazovich. As a part of this year’s edition of the Finish Line Challenge, members were tasked […]

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National Anthem Singer Search for SCDC

California DECA is searching for a DECA member to sing the United States’ national anthem at the Opening Session of the State Career Development Conference in Santa Clara on Friday, February 27, 2015. Interested individuals must already be a DECA member and registered to attend SCDC. To audition, please send an MP3 recording of your […]

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SVCDC Recap

The day after the 2015 year began, our DECA members were already making this year count at California’s first district conference of the year, the Silicon Valley Career Development Conference. Taking place from January 2nd to 4th, the conference included over 930 student members who gathered at the San Jose Marriott to start off the […]

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Register for the State Career Development Conference Today!

With the district conference season well underway, the State Career Development Conference is just around the corner. This year, with almost 5,000 registered California DECA members, we are expecting record-breaking attendance at SCDC, and you surely do not want to miss being a part of the amazing programs and features Team 64 and California DECA […]

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Chapter Campaign Recognition Winners

Costa Mesa, California—January 6, 2015—This year, a record-breaking number of chapters participated and succeeded in the chapter campaigns, embracing the theme of “I AM DECA.” We are honored to be able to recognize the following California DECA chapters for their outstanding participation and efforts. Chapters and their respective advisors receiving ACHIEVEMENT Level Recognition through the […]

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Stock Market Game Winners

Costa Mesa, California—January 5, 2015—Nine teams from three California DECA chapters placed Top 25 in the Western Region as a part of the 2014-2015 Stock Market Game (SMG). The winning teams below each earned an allocation to compete at the 2015 International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Florida between April 24 and April 29. THE […]

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GHCHS DECA Holiday Letter Drive Raises Over $6,600 for Make-A-Wish through Macy’s Believe Campaign

Northridge, California—December 29, 2014—Although Christmas has come and gone, the holiday spirit of giving remains thanks to Macy’s and enthusiastic students from Granada Hills Charter High School. GHCHS DECA students delivered 3,312 letters to Macy’s on Friday, December 26, 2014, resulting in $6,624 being raised for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Macy’s Believe campaign is making holiday […]

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Competition Tips

Competition season is approaching! We want all of our members to represent California DECA, so we can proudly proclaim #IAmDECA at ICDC in Orlando, Florida. The state officers have prepared a list of quick role play tips to help you succeed this year. Start and finish strongly: Start off your role play with a firm […]

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Neima Khaila, CEO of Pink Dolphin, Speaks at Foothill DECA

Pleasanton, CA—On Monday, November 17th, Foothill DECA had the privilege of hosting Neima Khaila, CEO and co-founder of the popular clothing brand, Pink Dolphin Clothing. Pink Dolphin is an urban streetwear brand founded in 2008 that aims to introduce a new color into urban wear: pink. Neima is a Foothill High alumnus who was previously a […]

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DECA WRLC 2014 Recap

Anaheim, California—November 30, 2014—The 2014 edition of the Western Region Leadership Conference was held in Anaheim, California. Throughout the conference, all of our attendees enjoyed the various programs happening in every ballroom and salon across the conference site. Thursday night kicked off the conference with an amazing WRLC GO! Opening Session, featuring University of Southern […]

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DECA WRLC 2014 Recap

Anaheim, California—November 30, 2014—The 2014 edition of the Western Region Leadership Conference was held in Anaheim, California. Throughout the conference, all of our attendees enjoyed the various programs happening in every ballroom and salon across the conference site. Thursday night kicked off the conference with an amazing WRLC GO! Opening Session, featuring University of Southern […]

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Virtual Business Challenge Round 1 Results

The results from Round 1 of the Virtual Business Challenge (VBC) have been released! Between October 20th and November 14th, teams from all over California competed to qualify for ICDC by placing top 2 in the Western Region in the five different VBC Categories: Sports, Restaurant, Personal Finance, Retail, and the Hotel Challenge. Below are […]

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Back by popular demand…SO CAL’s GOT TALENT SHOW!

ATTENTION SO CAL DECA MEMBERS!!! Do you have talent?  Ready to represent your chapter?  Then sign up for the So Cal’s Got Talent Show at the So Cal DECA Career Development Conference! CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD APPLICATION We are looking for talented DECA members to perform as individuals or in groups.  Winners will be determined […]

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Irvington DECA Team Takes Top Prize in WRLC 2014 DECA Garage Shark Tank

Anaheim, California—November 30, 2014—A team from California DECA triumphed at the DECA Garage Shark Tank session and won the grand prize of $2,500 during the Western Region Leadership Conference this weekend. The winning team was comprised of Ankeeta Lal, Aashna Pandya, and Sonika Patel from Irvington DECA. A total of 26 teams competed at the […]

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Irvington DECA Team Takes Top Prize in WRLC 2014 DECA Garage Shark Tank

Anaheim, California—November 30, 2014—A team from California DECA triumphed at the DECA Garage Shark Tank session and won the grand prize of $2,500 during the Western Region Leadership Conference this weekend. The winning team was comprised of Ankeeta Lal, Aashna Pandya, and Sonika Patel from Irvington DECA. A total of 26 teams competed at the […]

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NOW AVAILABLE: State Officer Candidate Guide 2015!

Congratulations on taking the first step to running for state office!  The California DECA State Officer Program provides tremendous opportunities for DECA students to gain new leadership skills, learn critical thinking, improve their planning and organization skills, become stronger speakers, demonstrate initiative, and much more. To get started, download these documents: 2014-2015 California DECA State […]

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Monta Vista HTMP Team Attends 2014 AH&LA Fall Conference and IHMRS Tradeshow

New York, New York—November 12, 2014—As the first place winners of the 2014 Hospitality and Tourism Management Program (HTMP) International Competition, Albert Zeng, Madeleine Liu, Shannon Yu, and Michael Lin of Monta Vista DECA were invited to participate in the 2014 American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) Fall Conference and International Hotel Motel Restaurant Tradeshow […]

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DECA Student Leaders Meet With Assemblymember Buchanan

San Ramon, California—October 13, 2014—On Monday, October 13, DECA student leaders met with Assemblymember Joan Buchanan of the 16th district to discuss the benefits of DECA and the importance of Career and Technical Education. The DECA students’ meeting with Assemblymember Joan Buchanan provided her with valuable knowledge about DECA that she will pass on to […]

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State Officer Advocates for DECA at Solano Teacher’s Workshop

Fairfield, California—October 3, 2014—California DECA Vice President of Public Relations Greg Chi attended a teacher’s workshop in Solano County on Friday, October 3, and presented about the features and values of DECA as well as the impact DECA makes on students. More than 25 career and technical education (CTE) teachers and specialists from the region […]

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GO to WRLC 2014!

What are you doing on November 13 to 15? If you didn’t answer attending WRLC in beautiful Anaheim, CA, then there’s something missing from your agenda. At this once-in-a-lifetime conference, held in our home state and hosted by your California DECA state officer team, the opportunities are endless. Is social media your forte? Then the […]

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