Importance of the Collegiate DECA Leadership Passport Program

Jacob Pladson | Mayville State Collegiate DECA

The Mayville State Collegiate DECA chapter puts a great effort into having  members complete the Individual Leadership Passport Program. It is required that all members complete the Leadership Passport Program if they want to attend the International Career Development Conference, but  the work put in does not go unnoticed by faculty and students on the Mayville State campus.

I’m writing to encourage all chapters at the collegiate level to have members participate in the activities that are required of the Leadership Passport Program, even if not all the activities can be completed by your chapter. The Leadership Passport Program helps keep our members engaged throughout the entire year at Mayville State University. It allows for our members to get valuable bonding time together while completing activities that will benefit not only ourselves, but also our community.

I know that completing the Leadership Passport Program makes me feel like I am making a difference at Mayville State University, and it gives me a feeling of great accomplishment. It truly makes me feel like I have earned the right to attend the International Career Development Conference in Washington, D.C., this year.

The Leadership Passport Program will also get the members in your chapter recognized at the International Career Development Conference. Members who complete the Leadership Passport Program will get to go on stage and be awarded the Blue Diamond Award or the Gold Diamond Award.

The Blue Diamond Award level requires members to complete three of the activities that are listed in each category, and the Gold Diamond Award level requires members to complete five of the activities that are listed in each category. The categories are Academically Successful and Career Ready, Community Oriented, Professionally Responsible, and Experienced Leaders. To find more information on the Passport Program, go to deca.org.

I am calling on all DECA members to strive to complete at least some of the activities listed on the Leadership Passport Program, and I will promise you that you will not regret it. The activities are rather simple, but they will greatly enhance your Collegiate DECA experience!

This article was written by Mayville State Collegiate DECA Vice President of Accounting & Finance, Jacob Pladson. You can follow Jacon on Twitter @jacobpladson9.

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