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Collegiate DECA

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.


Collegiate DECA is a student driven organization that values competence, innovation, integrity, and teamwork. We prepare students for careers by integrating skills learned in the classroom into real world experiences. Collegiate DECA programs assist in developing academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders. Our students major in a variety of academic programs with a strong focus on business-related fields. Collegiate DECA conferences and other activities give students unique access to internships, scholarships, competition, and professional networking. Missouri Collegiate DECA is very much a student-driven organization at the local and state levels. Activities promoted by Collegiate DECA integrate with and enhance the student's college curriculum. In addition, the organization's close ties with the business community provide both opportunities for members and an appreciation of the free enterprise system.

Missouri Collegiate DECA hosts a Fall Leadership Conference for its members to develop necessary leadership skills and network with fellow college students from post-secondary institutions across the state.

Collegiate DECA's competitive events program is our flagship in student development and career preparation. In early spring, members participate in the Missouri Collegiate DECA State Career Development Conference. Students compete in a rigorous industry-based competitive events program that encompasses more than 20 career areas. Top winners earn the privilege to represent Missouri at the International Career Development Conference. Collegiate DECA membership is an essential resource for future professionals that will benefit from marketing, management and entrepreneurial skills and knowledge.