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Sponsorship

Click on the links below to explore various sponsorship programs.
For more information about any of the programs below, please e-mail info@californiadeca.org

California DECA Sponsors

California DECA would like to thank the following sponsors for their support!

California Department of Education
California Business Education Association
The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Marriott
Safeway
Adam B. Connors

Sponsorship Opportunities

California DECA relies on the support of business volunteers each day who serve and become role-models to future leaders. There are many ways you can get involved. Here are some of the areas where we need help:

Serve on a Committee

You may serve on one of California DECA's many committees. Committee members help plan events, offer ideas for improvement and pool their resources with other members to make DECA better than ever.

Become a Corporate Sponsor

Sponsors provide scholarships, people support, in-kind donations and more. As California DECA continues to grow as an organization, so does our list of corporate sponsors.

Become a Conference Judge

Business Judges are needed for district, state and international career development conferences. This is a great way to get involved and make a "diference" working with our students.

Click here to sign up and learn more

Chapter Fundraising

California DECA's high school chapters finance most of their activities through fundraisers.  Most chapters use the fundraising activity as a learning experience, organizing the students into teams, selecting products or services, identifying responsibility, and reporting on results.  Chapters are continuously searching for new and innovative fundraising programs. California DECA is a great market for businesses that seek to offer fundraising programs in high schools.

College Recruitment

California's DECA members are highly motivated, results oriented students with strong academic credentials; this is the type of student that colleges and post-secondary institutions want.  Many colleges have found DECA to be a great recruiting resource.  A recent study found that 86% of graduating DECA members plan on attending college.  Typical DECA members have the work experience and community services as part of their DECA experience.

Employment Opportunities

One of DECA's most successful tools for creating local linkages is the Employment Partnership Program.  The components of this program combine the promotion of your company and/or products to young people and assist with the recruitment of DECA members for appropriate jobs withing your organization.  Each component of the program serves to reinforce both concepts while building strong, effective, local partnerships between store managers and local DECA advisors.

School-Based Enterprises

School-based enterprises (SBEs) are effective tools that are used to help prepare students for the transition from school to work.  For many students, these school stores provide the first work experience; for others, they provide and opportunity to build management, supervision and leadership skills.  While some in the education community have only recently discovered the value of school-based enterprises, marketing educators and DECA advisors have used them as a powerful teaching tool for more than four decades.

Scholarships

Scholarships are often times a great motivator for a student to decide to attend college.  DECA's scholarship program provides about a quarter of a million dollars each year.  More than 50 corporations provide scholarships through the DECA Scholarship Program.  DECA, Inc. administers the program based on guidelines set by the donor and freeing the company from any potential compensation issues.

Exhibition

DECA's premier educational offering is its Competitive Events Program.  Each year, more than 125,000 DECA members participate in these competitions at the local, state, regional, and international conferences.  Exhibiting at DECA's conferences allow you the opportunity to meet chapter leaders and advisors, build your name recognition and promote your products and services.

Contact

For more information about these and other sponsorship opportunities, please e-mail info@californiadeca.org.

Competitive Events Sponsorship

Sponsorship of a competitive event is a great opportunity for your company to gain instant visibility and to support the skill development of thousands of students in an area of interest to the company.  More than 125,000 DECA members participate in the competitive events program each year.

DECA's Competitive Events Program is recognized by all fifty (50) state departments of education and the US Department of Education as a highly effective tool to connect the classroom and business world.  The competitive events are designed to simulate business situations and utilize a number of different formats including written business plans, case studies, marketing research projects, and industry specific role-plays.

Major corporations, associations, and foundations have determined that the competitive events program is a highly effective tool to assist students as they transition from school to the business world.

DECA's competitive events measures student's proficiency in those skills identified by business as essential for success in a particular occupation.  Participants receive recognition for achievement in a comprehensive exam and role-plays that are designed to be typical business situations in the particular occupation and in the event as a whole.  Another role-play activity will be given to finalists.  Participants in a competitive event are not informed in advance of the skills to be evaluated.

In the role-playing portion of the event, participants must accomplish a task by translating what they have learned into effective, efficient, and spontaneous action.  The participant is given a written situation to reveiw.  It may indicate a product or service to sell, a merchandising decision or a problem in human relations.  Participants are allowed 10 minutes to review the situation and to develop a professional approach to solving the problem.  Up to 10 minutes are then allowed for the participant to be examined by a competent judge and asked to explain how he/she would solve the situation or problem.  The judge is a qualified business executive playing the role of second party in the situation.  Following the role-play, the judge evaluates the participants' responses and records the results on an evaluation form that has been developed especially for that competitive event.

To sponsor a competitive event in California or to request more information, please contact info@californiadeca.org

Conference Sponsorship

DECA produces many exciting conferences every year--for both our teacher-advisors and our student-members.  Within our membership, these conferences build excitement for learning more about marketing, management, and entrepreneurship -- a for pursuing career pathways in these subjects.

These conferences also provide our Business Partners with powerful, local, district, and state-wide opportunities to present their companies and products to DECA's 185,000 high school and college members and advisors.

From our District leadership and career development conferences, to our showcase event, the State Career Development Conference, there are boundless opportunities for you to put your company/product in front of our members and advisors.

Some of the highest-profile Conference Sponsorship Opportunities include:

  • General session entertainment
  • Conference academies, workshops, and local events
  • Meal functions
  • Conference gifts
  • Conference materials

This list is, by no means, exhaustive.  DECA is happy to work with you to develop a Conference Sponsorship Opportunity that produces maximum benefit both to your company and to our student and teacher programs.

Please contact us for more information on how to develop a Conference Sponsorship opportunity that's right for you. info@californiadeca.org

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