My Top 3 Collegiate DECA Experiences

Nina McKee | Williams Wood University Collegiate DECA
Photo courtesy of @hollycnorris on Instagram.

Collegiate DECA is an amazing organization that provides #Limitless unique experiences to its members. Among these experience are networking opportunities, programs to help develop new skills and competitive events that simulate authentic business practices and scenarios.

Below, I have highlighted the top three Collegiate DECA experiences I have had since I joined my university’s chapter last fall.

Leadership Passport Program

The Leadership Passport Program operates on both an individual and chapter level and this was the first year my chapter participated in both areas of the program. Some of the most notable activities my chapter participated in included distributing our first chapter newsletter and holding an officer retreat for our team.

I was one of three members from my chapter who also participated on an individual basis. For the Individual Passport Program, I participated in the Global Entrepreneurship Week Idea Challenge, applied for a scholarship through Collegiate DECA’s scholarship program, and applied to become a Social Media Correspondent to submit articles just like this! The value of this program is tremendous as it promotes many of Collegiate DECA’s other programs while also recognizing the efforts being made by chapters and individuals. Completing the Leadership Passport Program was a rewarding experience as it contributed to my Collegiate DECA experience continuously throughout both the fall and spring semesters.

State Career Development Conference

Missouri Collegiate DECA hosts its annual State Career Development Conference at the end of February every year. My chapter’s attendance in February had been my first experience competing with Collegiate DECA. I competed with a partner in the Business Ethics Case Study Event and competed individually in the Retail Management Business Simulation Event. We placed third and fourth, respectively, in those events! Our chapter put together a team for the trivia competition that was hosted.  Competing in the trivia competition and cheering on our members for their events were both great bonding experiences for our members. Our chapter also earned the award for Chapter of the Year at the conference! I can’t wait to go back next year with my chapter!

International Career Development Conference

This year, ICDC was held in Anaheim, California! I had the privilege to attend with two of the other officers from our chapter and our chapter advisor. The three of us officers competed in the National Management Institute which consisted of developing strategies for implementing the Internet of Things (IoT) in a retail business. The opening and closing ceremonies were both incredible as we had the opportunity to sit amongst other Collegiate DECA members from around the world while taking in the messages from the speakers and the videos created by the Executive Officers. To top it all off, our team placed third in the Management Institute!

I hope if you have been considering whether to join Collegiate DECA that my experiences have persuaded you to become a member! You can learn more about becoming a Collegiate DECA member here.

This article was written by Williams Wood University Director of Passport Program, Nina McKee. You can follow Nina on Twitter @NinaMcKee11.

Categories: Chapter Development, Chapter Resources, Leadership Passport Program, Membership & Recruitment