Nanuet and Beyond also partners with DECA in local high schools. DECA stands for Distributive Education Clubs of America which is an international association of high school and college students and teachers of marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality, and marketing sales and service. The organization prepares leaders and entrepreneurs for careers and education in marketing, finance, hospitality, management, and other business areas.
Due to the costs associated, a number of students who qualify cannot afford to attend these competitions, which is why sponsorship support is so needed to provide these opportunities. An example of a competition event and their costs are outlined below.
High School Division
The High School Division is composed of chapters (DECA organizations within one school) grouped under a state association by regions, districts, or areas. Internationally, state associations are grouped together in four regions: North Atlantic, Central, Southern, and Western.
Participating events: individual events
A student may decide to do a team event or compete individually. When participating in an individual event, the procedure is as follows. The individual series has two major parts, a written 100-question multiple-choice exam, and two role-playing events that the participant will be able to review. The role-playing case pertains to the business related event the participant is participating in, which is presented in front of the judges. In this role-play event, the participant must accomplish his/her task by translating what they learned into an effective spontaneous action. During the role-play, the judge will evaluate the participant’s performance on five specific tasks depending on the scenario of the case. The maximum score for the evaluation is 100 points. The cluster exam and each role-play presentation will be valued at 1/3 of the total score. The final presentation will be weighted at twice the value of the exam score. The exam score carries forward into the final round of competition.
Presenting to the judge: When presenting to the judge, one is evaluated according to the rubric the judge is using based on DECA standards. The participant has 10 minutes before presenting to the judge to review and prepare their situation and develop a professional approach to solve the problem (any notes made during preparation may be used in the presentation). Next, the participant has 10 minutes to present the case to the judge and demonstrate how he/she would solve the problem (the judge is playing the role of a second party in the situation). After the presentation the judge evaluates the participant’s performance and records the results on an evaluation form specific for each role-play event.
Regional competitions are usually local in Rockland or Westchester counties. However travel expenses are incurred for students who rank high enough in the regional competition and also should they rank high enough to qualify for national competition.
To attend a state competition (usually upstate NY), the average cost per student is $750, which covers the cost of transportation and the full three day conference. For the national competition (DECA refers to as its international competition, the next step after States) the average cost per student starts at about $1100-1200 with the four-day conference and travel. However that conference doesn’t include as many meals and there are other outings that are optional but have a high level of participation (e.g. last year in Anaheim, they had “DECA Day at Disneyland” – the students who wanted to go had to pay for the passes but DECA arranged the transportation). In effect the full cost averages $1300 per student which many of our qualified students cannot afford to bear the full cost.