Teachers and Advisors


As an integral part of the classroom curriculum, DECA’s industry-validated competitive events are aligned

with the National Curriculum Standards in the career clusters of marketing, business management and

administration, finance, and hospitality and tourism.  We also offer competition and online actives

in Fashion Merchandising.  DECA’s flagship evaluation process involves students in both a written

component such as an exam or report and an interactive component with an industry professional

serving as a judge.  DECA’s competitive events directly contribute to every student being college

and career ready when they graduate from high school.


The potential for travel, recognition and awards for learning classroom content is a tremendous

motivator--not to mention the scholarships and cash awards recognizing DECA members for

outstanding achievement in DECA's competitive events program.

With more than 40 events, DECA offers a competive event for every class and for every student. 

A link to the DECA Guide can be found on the home page. The DECA Guide will give more details about

competitive events, DECA activities, and DECA Images supplies and apparel.  

As an advisor you are able to choose from the array of learning programs supported by your

chartered association and integrate them into your classroom instruction to make learning vibrant

and relevant.  Take a look at how your local chapter connects to your chartered association and

DECA Inc. at this link:  Be A Hero: The Ultimate Advisor Guidebook


This year's ICDC being held in Atlanta, Georgia.  Our state theme is "DECAdes:  Honor the past, seize the moment, shape the future. "  Our conferences will revolve around this theme, and we hope that you will create a program of work with your officers for the year that will introduce all students in your school to DECA.





Click any career cluster name above or on Entrepreneurship to get additional
teaching material.



2019-20 Louisiana DECA Calendar
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Chapter Management System
Louisiana DECA Events for CDC
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Advisors (even new ones) can use DECA's online membership system.  Click HERE and enter the information as requested on the screen. Your username and password will be sent to you via email.  New chapters will need to set up their accounts.

If you have any questions about the system, please contact DECA by calling (703) 860-5000 and asking for the Data Management Department.

Dues are $16 in total of which $8 is your Louisiana DECA state dues and $8 is your national DECA dues--all money is sent to national DECA. Your initial dues should be submitted in by November 15 in order to be able to attend the state conference and to get the first issue of DECA Direct. You can add additional members anytime throughout the year.  To attend the La. State CDC, you must have your dues paid by January 31


MERA (Marketing Education-Retail Alliance) is a business partnership between the Louisiana Retailers Association and the marketing education programs in Louisiana schools.  This partnership provides grants to classrooms, Customer Service training and certification by the National Retail Federation, Workforce Prep online retailing training, a Coping Skills program, and scholarships.  Other programs may be introduced each year.  For more information, visit the website above or call 800-502-2378.


For Additional Grant Information from MERA, click HERE.

For Additional Information on Customer Service, click HERE.


Louisiana DECA Constitution

Click HERE to access the most recent version of the Louisiana DECA Constitution as adopted Fall 2016.

Important Forms

Click on a file to download it.

The forms are due on February 15.

Soft Skills

Hard skills are great, but for managers, the soft skills are the most critical part of their success.  Use role plays in your class to help develop soft skills. 

Click the graphic above for role playing situations on these topics:  Conflict Resolution, Accepting Criticism, Flexibility, Positive Attitude, Self-Confidence, and Good Communication.  Click graphic to download.

DECA Provides Soft Skills for the Workplace (click)

DECA Scavenger Hunt

One activity you can use to help your DECA members learn more about their state and international organization is by letting them explore the websites.  The DECA Scavenger Hunt is a simple, yet fun way for them to explore.  Click HERE to download a copy of this year's Scavenger Hunt.


A teacher needing the answer key should email the state advisor.

DECA Conferences

Click the Conference/Title for more info

Becoming a Certified Marketing Teacher

Northwestern Louisiana University offer both courses needed for certification for marketing co-op education every summer.  Each are six week internet courses. Contact Julie McDonald, 127 Russell Hall, Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA 71497, Email: mcdonald@nsula.edu, Phone:  318-357-5708.


What's needed:

1. You need to have a Marketing Education Certificate.

2. You need 6 hours on your college transcript in Vocational Education,
     such as Principles or Philosophy of Vocational (career and technical)

3. You need 1,500 work hours in marketing, such as retail, cashiering,
     sales, customer service, etc.


All of this needs to be sent to the certification section at the Department of Education along with a $25 fee and the proper paperwork.

Many DECA Chapters elect a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and other titles.  Your chapter might want to look at the officers through a corporate leadership structure with the advisor as the CEO and the elected officers having titles like those shown on the left.  You can certainly change or add titles.

Click the graphic to get a .pdf of the officer duties and structure.


High School Association:

Paul Grethel



Collegiate Association

Ashley Martinez



13967 J R Drive

Walker, LA 70785








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