Preparing emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in
marketing, finance, hospitality and management since 1961.

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What is DECA?

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DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.



DECA Inc., founded in 1946, is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit corporation, headquartered in Reston, Virginia.

The full name, Distributive Education Clubs of America, Incorporated, is the legal identity of the adult group responsible for the student program. Its members consist of those adults who have been named by the state/provincial association, or the person designated by the state/provincial association, in those states, territories or chartered units affiliated with the student program. The primary purpose of DECA Incorporated is to serve as the sponsoring agent for the student program known as the Distributive Education Clubs of America.

The function of this corporation is to serve as the sponsoring agency of the unincorporated youth organization bearing the name Distributive Education Clubs of America, and to assist the organization in carrying out the following purposes:

  • to assist state/provincial associations in the growth and development of DECA;
  • to further develop education in marketing and distribution which will contribute to occupational competence; and
  • to promote understanding and appreciation for the responsibilities of citizenship in our free, competitive, enterprise system.

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DECA Membership Scope

DECA Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit student organization with members in all 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Canada, China, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, South Korea, Mexico and Puerto Rico. The United States Congress, the United States Department of Education and state and international departments of education authorize DECA’s programs.

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Arizona Statistics 2012-2013

Arizona DECA Chapters:       104                 Total Arizona Members:                     7007