DECA is an innovative, experiential learning program that is designed to help students learn more about business. By role-playing, examining case studies, participating in business scenarios and making presentations, TCPHS students learn how to apply the skills they’ve learned in business studies to the real world. Students participate in a variety of contests that test their knowledge of different subjects, including accounting, entrepreneurship, leadership and management, international business, marketing and merchandising, and information and communication technology.
Students also have the opportunity to compete, either as individuals or in small teams – some choose to do both. Competitions combine a written test with a timed scenario, where students apply their knowledge and present a plan of action to an experienced business teacher. Regional competitions are held in the Fall, provincial in the Spring.
“Today’s businesses require teamwork, consensus building, decision-making, interpersonal skills, and goal orientation. While business organizations value cooperative effort, they also demand independent thinking. DECA seeks to transform students into team workers who recognize that their own success depends on the success of others. By giving students hands-on experiences in the fields of marketing, business and entrepreneurship, DECA enhances the classroom experience by providing conferences and competitions that mold high school students into character-driven leaders.” – DECA Ontario