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Norcal CDC 2024

San Ramon, CA    1/12/2024 to 1/14/2024

Start off your DECA year with the Northern California District Career Development Conference! NorCal is the perfect opportunity to practice roleplays, assess your exam knowledge, and make long lasting friendships. Perform well, and you’ll be able to show off a DECA glass! You’ll be competing against all DECA chapters in Northern California, and have the opportunity to connect with industry professionals!


States CDC 2024

Anaheim, CA    3/6/2024 to 3/10/2024

The States Career Development Conference is your next step in the big leagues. You’ll spend a weekend in beautiful Anaheim, California, where you’ll compete against motivated students from all across the state. With the professionals you’ll meet, your business repertoire is sure to flourish. The State CDC is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. Perform well at this conference and you may qualify for DECA ICDC!


ICDC 2024

Anaheim, CA    4/26/2024 to 5/1/2024

The final competition of your DECA year is ICDC, the DECA International Career Development Conference. You’ll spend a week in beautiful Anaheim, California, and compete against students with various talents, experiences, and backgrounds from all across the globe! You’ll meet some of the biggest names in business all while representing WHS DECA on the world stage!

What is DECA?


About DECA

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.


DECA As An Organization

DECA Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit student organization with more than 215,000 members in all 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Canada, China, Germany, Guam, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Spain. The United States Congress, the United States Department of Education and state, district and international departments of education authorize DECA’s programs.


What Do Members Do?

DECA members partake in a variety of competitive events, from role playing interviews and giving speeches, to taking specialized tests and drafting reports, all meant to show proficiency and excellence in the vocational careers they have selected. These members learn valuable skills that will help them succeed in the corporate world and beyond.


Requirements to be a Member

Since DECA is a CTSO, the CA Department of Education requires all students to take a CTE course in order to be a member of DECA Inc. The CTE courses provided at Washington High School are Web Design, Marketing, Personal Finance, and Business Ownership. If a student cannot take a CTE course, the student can become a member of WHS DECA but cannot attend conferences like NorCal, States, and ICDC. The club will organize conferences like MiniCon for these members.


What about us?

WHS DECA is one of thousands of high school DECA chapters. We are the fourth largest DECA chapter in the Northern California district and are part of California DECA. We regularly compete at Career Development Conferences, such as NorCal, States, and International. Today, we are the premier business organization at Washington High School and continue to grow exponentially.


DECApprentices vs. DECompetitors

With the implementation of the New CTE Rule, DECA will be divided into two tiers: DECApprentices and DECompetitors. DECApprentinces are members who aren't enrolled in a CTE course but would like to be still be a part of WHS DECA. These members attend one conference, MiniCon,and will learn the skills used in DECA. DECompetitors are members who are enrolled in a CTE course and as a result will have the opportunity to attend the 3 main conferences: NorCal CDC, States CDC, and International CDC.