February 24, 2017

Top 10 Reasons to Get Excited for SCDC 2017

Author: California DECA

With our 2017 State Career Development Conference just days away, it’s time to get excited to Own Our Futures at the pinnacle California DECA event of the year. Here is a list of 10 things you can look forward to at this year’s SCDC:
1. Competition: It’s no secret that California DECA brings the heat when it comes to competition. Spend these next few days pushing yourself to prepare more for that finance role play or to study more for that marketing test. It’s these extra hours to will help you dominate at the state level and earn a trip to ICDC!
2. Networking: SCDC 2017 will be bringing nearly 1,900 of California’s best and brightest high school students to Santa Clara. Take advantage of the opportunity by networking with those around you. Who knows – you could find your best friend among the crowd!
3. Keynote John Beede: On Friday evening, we are pleased to announce the keynote speaker will be John Beede. Along with reaching his lifelong dream of climbing to the summit of Mount Everest, John has been featured on dozens of prestigious media outlets such as 60 Minutes and The Weather Channel. He has presented to over 580,000 live audience members in 46 US States and 6 countries.
4. New State Officer Team: With the culmination of SCDC comes the conclusion of Team 66’s term. During the conference, candidates for State Office will be campaigning and presenting their platforms. Visit campaign booths to learn more about the future faces of California DECA and see if you can play a role in shaping California DECA’s future.
5. Workshops: Throughout the conference, you will have an opportunity to attend workshops on topics ranging from competition to dressing for success. Use these conferences to give you a competitive advantage and receive tips and advice from industry leaders.
6. Explore Santa Clara: This year’s SCDC will be held in sunny Santa Clara. Use free time to explore the area and the amazing food options nearby… with your advisor’s permission of course!
7. Social Media Challenge: This year, we have an exciting SCDC Social Media Challenge in store for you all. Upon arrival, each chapter will be assigned to a specific state officer’s team and there will be a competition to see which team can post the most on social media. Be sure participate and lead your team to victory!
8. Parade of Chapters: At our General Session Friday evening, we will be having a Parade of Chapters to recognize all of our amazing California DECA chapters. Make some noise for your chapter as we recognize your chapter’s accomplishments and efforts this year!
9. Formal Recognition Session/Dance: On the Saturday evening, with competition complete, use the Formal Recognition Session and Dance as a chance to cool off and celebrate all that you’ve accomplished this conference.
10: Your DECA Moment: The beauty of a DECA conference is in its spontaneity. Make a new friend. Ace your presentation. Help your advisor out. Enjoy every moment and own your future! At the conclusion of SCDC, look for that one DECA moment that defined your conference and treasure it for years to come.
On the behalf of the State Officer Team, we cannot wait to see you at SCDC 2017. We’re so thankful for an amazing DECA year and are excited to cap it off in epic fashion. See you soon in Santa Clara!

About California DECA
California DECA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Career and Technical Student Organization, endorsed by the California Department of Education. With over 4,500 members in 59 schools throughout California, California DECA works to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in four fields of business: marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. For more information about California DECA, visit


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