Hello ! Welcome to the DECA page!

    Please view the DECA Event Calendar

    for important dates and times
    for the 2019-2020 School Year
    December 9, 2019 - District Exam (in South Library)
    January 11, 2020 - Districts-Lake Orion H.S.
    February 24, 2020 - State Exam (in South Library) 
    March 5-7, 2020 - States-Detroit, MI
    April 28 - May 3, 2020 - Internationals-Nashville, Tennessee 




     Sample Role Play Link
     Map to Lake Orion High School
    chicago fieldtrip

    Michigan DECA is an association of students who are planning careers in marketing, management and entrepreneurship. Michigan DECA has more than 7,300 members in five divisions: high school (secondary), Delta Epsilon Chi (post secondary), collegiate, professional and alumni. At the secondary level, more than 165 high school and area career centers have DECA chapters. The goals of DECA are to promote leadership development, civic consciousness, social intelligence and vocational understanding.


    Michigan was one of 17 charter states to affiliate with DECA in 1947. Today, there are associations representing membership in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Manitoba, Ontario, Mexico, and Germany. Of those 56 state associations, Michigan has grown to be the seventh largest in terms of membership. Besides having a large membership, Michigan DECA is also an innovator in many different ways. From competitive events to corporate partnerships, Michigan DECA is always striving to provide as many opportunities as possible to its student members.


    Michigan DECA is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501(c)(3) educational association and is affiliated with the National DECA located in Reston, Virginia.


     Frequently Asked Questions


    How can DECA help students after high school?
    DECA provides opportunities for its members to explore career options, gain real-world experience, and take on a leadership role. The skills that DECA helps its members develop are skills that employers are looking for in potential employees, and they're the skills that colleges and universities look for on applications.

    How does DECA fit into the business curriculum?
    DECA provides practical ways for your students to experience and practice what you are teaching them. Through DECA's program of competitive events, students have the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge through both written and role playing events. DECA also holds several conferences throughout the year that give its members an opportunity to have hands-on experience in the industry they're interested in. Check out the Marketing Conference in New York City, the Disney Y.E.S. Seminar, or one of DECA's Sports & Entertainment Marketing workshops for more information.

    Where or how can a chapter receive funding?
    Most schools use a combination of ways to fund their DECA program. Members pay dues, and participate in fundraising projects. Several chapters are fortunate enough to have a school store that will help the organization, and many schools can receive funding from local businesses and other school funding programs.

    What are competitions like?
    DECA has three ways to compete. The first involves a research project that is completed throughout the school year. Most of these events can be done with a team. The next type is the Management Team Decision Making Event (or MDM Event). The MDM's consist of a team of two people that work together on a case situation, and then present it to the judge. There's also a test in the occupational area that the team is competing in. Series events are DECA's most popular type of event. These are individual events, which consist of a series of activities. Students take tests in their chosen career area, and demonstrate the skills that they learn in the classroom through role-playing events with the judges.

    What does D. E. C. A. stand for?

    The letters D. E. C. A. do not stand for anything any more. Prior to 1990, DECA stood for Distributive Education Clubs of America. As DECA and Marketing Education were becoming more comprehensive, the term "Distributive Education" became too limiting for what the organization was becoming. Therefore, DECA is no longer an acronym, and is identified as "An Association of Marketing Students."



    As a successful business person in the community, how can I help my local chapter?


    Many local business men and women serve as judges at the district and state competitions.  Also, businesses in the community can help defer the financial costs for students who qualify to attend the State and International Competitions.