Christian Brothers University (CBU) hosted the annual Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) competition for District 1, Tennessee, on Friday, January 25. More than 300 high school students competed in different occupational events including accounting, business administration, finance, hospitality, retail, sales and services.
DECA competition allows high school students to master real world cases and learn the inner workings of business operations. This year’s competitions consisted of role-plays and presentations judged by local business owners, business students, faculty and staff from CBU, and DECA state representatives.
“CBU was honored to host the DECA competition for District 1, Tennessee this year. With more than 300 high school students, all with a shared passion for marketing and business, it was a great fit with our School of Business,” stated Dr. Bev Vitali, CBU Associate Professor of Management/Marketing/Economics. “In fact, we were so excited to host the event we got our business students and members of Delta Sigma Pi, CBU’s business fraternity, involved in judging, giving tours, and volunteering throughout the day. It was a great opportunity for CBU faculty and students to share our beautiful facilities with these talented high school students and give back to the community.”
DECA is an association of marketing students who come together to gain knowledge and awareness of careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management, and prepare themselves as emerging leaders and entrepreneurs. Since it was founded in 1946, DECA has impacted the lives of more than 10 million students, educators, school administrators and business professionals. Through the mission of DECA, students learn to be academically prepared, community oriented and professionally responsible leaders that leave valuing competence, innovation, integrity and teamwork.