WHS DECA is a club at Washington High School whose mission is to prepare the emerging leaders and entrepreneurs of tomorrow for careers in business, including marketing, finance, hospitality & tourism, entrepreneurship, and business administration. Our 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 their proficiency and excellence in the vocational careers they have selected.
DECA opens students to the world of business. From networking with like-minded individuals across the globe, to teaching students the fundamental knowledge regarding their field of interest, DECA provides students with an unforgettable experience. Furthermore, DECA opens high-schoolers to their potential career pathways; in fact, previous WHS DECA alumnus have gone on to recieve degrees from esteemed schools like University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, and Cornell University in similar fields as to what they explored through DECA.
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, Digital Video and Arts Production, and Business Entrepreneurship. If a student cannot take a CTSE 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.