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DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in high schools around the globe. DECA students will work on presentation, problem-solving, and interviewing skills and meet with their advisor and many business professionals to refine their business skills.

DECA is an elective business course. Students will also sign up for times to meet with their advisor to practice their presentations & interviews for competition. Students are encouraged to take personal finance and business consulting courses at SWCHS to help gain business knowledge for DECA.

All students involved in competition will compete at districts. If students qualify for state, they will spend three days downtown Minneapolis competing at the State Competition in March. If students advance to Internationals, they will have the option of traveling to Internationals in April.

DECA Course Topics

  • Resumes
  • Interviewing Soft Skills & Questions
  • Mock Interviews
  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Personal Finance
  • Business Management
  • Role Play Practices
  • Kahoot Games (review questions for business exam)

What Alumni Are Saying


"Being involved in DECA this year helped me with my public speaking skills and gave me an idea of what a potential business career might look like." - Robby Pettit, Alumni

"I had a lot more fun at district competition than I thought I would. I learned how to interview correctly, so I feel more confident to interview for possible jobs." - Julia Brouwer, Alumni

"I'm not at all a business-oriented person, but I loved DECA. It pushed me out of my comfort zone and helped me sharpen my people skills. I wish I had another year to participate." - Annie Strachan, Alumni

"I was very nervous about our first competition and expected it to just be a learning experience. I actually ended up having a lot of fun. I have never done anything like this before, so my confidence grew a lot." - Adrian Richarich, Alumni

"I think that DECA is highly beneficial to those involved. It has helped prepare me for the business world and college by allowing me to become more confident. I think this program is worth the time and effort!" - Lauren Burke, Alumni

"I feel so much more confident in my skills being able to practice interviewing under pressure and learning tips! Asking for the job was something I had never done and now feel much more comfortable doing so." - Chris Rasmussen, Alumni