DECA is more than an educational association for emerging leaders and entrepreneurs; DECA is a lifestyle of enthusiasm and excellence. It’s a portal connecting you to over 225,000 like-minded, high-achieving high school and collegiate members locally and around the world. When you join DECA, you gain access to a network of more than 5 million alumni leaders, graduates, executives, and entrepreneurs who have experienced the DECA life over the last 76 years.

Here are a few ways you can connect to the local and global DECA and live the life of emerging leadership!

Join A Chapter

Take a step toward high-level professional development by becoming a DECA Member! As a DECA member, you can network with other ambitious leaders, compete for DECA glass, or simply learn how to be an effective leader.

Competitive Events

DECA’s competitive events are industry-validated and align with the National Curriculum Standards. Through competition, Washington DECA prepares students to be college and career ready, and also brings recognition and prestige to Washington state as one of the top performing associations in the world.


Each year Washington DECA awards over $90,000 in scholarships to our student members. This is in addition to the quarter-million in scholarships available through international DECA.

One way DECA invests in our community and economy is through merit and need-based scholarships to help launch emerging leaders in entrepreneurship, marketing, finance, hospitality, and management.

Senior Management Academy

Calling all DECA Seniors! Join us for the academy that prepares YOU for your FUTURE.

The Senior Management Academy features workshops and sessions around topics to help prepare you for your future career: leadership, management, financial literacy, career skills, and opportunity to learn more about different industries.


State Officers

Washington DECA State Officers are elected by their peers and represent Washington’s membership. The State Officer team develops a Program of Leadership for the year that aligns with the strategic goals of Washington DECA. Throughout the year, the team interacts with DECA members to implement and enhance Washington DECA’s programs.

State Officers are also available to meet and visit with your DECA chapter as well as attend your events.


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