DECA students gather at Florida’s Countess de Hoernle Student Life Center prior to their presentations.
More than 400 high school students recently visited Northwood University Florida to compete in a series of competitions for the Distributive Educators Club of America (DECA).
The students and their advisors from several area high schools participated in business-themed competitions such as Advertising Campaigns, Professional Selling, Business Law & Ethics, Marketing & Communications, and more. Volunteer judges came from both private and public sector businesses, as well as several local colleges and universities.
"DECA programs offer such wonderful and unique opportunities for students to experience real-world situations, and to receive immediate feedback on their work. We are excited to continue to host such a great event for these future professionals, and enjoy sharing the Northwood Idea with them as we assist them in their future endeavors," said Emily Mass, Director of Admissions.
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. With over a 60 year history, it has impacted the lives of more than ten million students, educators, school administrators and business professionals since it was founded in 1946. The program enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, applying learning in the context of business, connecting to business and the community and promoting competition. Its student members leverage their DECA experience to become academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders.