History and Development of DECA
In 1958, some states began sending delegates from post-secondary institutions to the National Leadership Conference
in an effort to establish DECA Chapters in such institutions, In 1961, this effort resulted in an amendment to the
National DECA Constitution which allowed the Post-Secondary Division to be established.
The Post-Secondary Division also known as "Junior College" Division was open for membership to those marketing
and distribution education students who were enrolled in less than baccalaureate degree programs.
In 1982, the Junior Collegiate Division held its first National Leadership Conference in Chicago, Illinois.
In 1982, the name of the division was changed to "Delta Epsilon Chi". In that same year, membership in
the organization was extended to the marketing, management, and merchandising students in four year colleges and universities.
Beginning with a membership of 385 members in 20 chapters, DECA has grown to its present membership
of over 8,400 members in over 260 chapters in 33 states and Canada.
What is DECA at Spokane Community College?
Dedication - Being dedicated to the club and its activities to undertake
projects with the responsibility to carry them to their completion
Enthusiasm - Having the excitement and motivation for succeeding in any
activity the club may undertake
Commitment - A commitment to the club, committees, advisors, and yourself
in a "learning by doing" approach to becoming a successful leader
The Above Combined with Energy - Taking the time and effort to make each project
a worthwhile learning experience to yourself and others
Goals of DECA
- To develop leadership characteristics in members
- To develop self-confidence and self-esteem
- To develop greater understanding of our private and competitive enterprise system
- To further develop professional competencies needed for careers in marketing, merchandising, and management
- To develop high ethical standards in personal and professional relationships
- To develop greater proficiency in communication
- To develop a healthy competitive spirit
- To develop effective international awareness
- To develop greater appreciation of the responsibilities of citizenship on the campus, in the community
- To develop social and business etiquette skills
- To develop participation in planned professional and social activities
- To have fun while learning!