Collegiate DECA @ SCC is a very active club on campus. We have been voted “Best Club on Campus” quite often. Our goal is to prepare students for jobs in the business world. Collegiate DECA is well-known throughout the country and the world. Listing Collegiate DECA member on your resume will help set you apart from others when applying for jobs. To become a member, see details on the “Membership” tab. Find out how Collegiate DECA can get you prepared in your future career here: Collegiate DECA Connects College to Careers . Check out other informational videos at Collegiate Deca.
Collegiate DECA holds Professional Development Meetings on the third Tuesday of the month, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in AP 294. In the past we have made contact cards, practiced for academic competitions, created LinkedIn accounts and hosted speakers on business ethics, entrepreneurship, public speaking, leadership skills, resume writing, job searching, and interviewing. All students are welcome to attend our Professional Development Activities. You do not need to be a member. This is a great time to check out what Collegiate DECA @ SCC is all about. Click on the “Professional Development Activities” tab to see details about this semester’s activities.
Each month, we also go out into the community to visit large employers so students can begin networking. You can bring a contact card and/or resume with you. We learn about the company, what majors they are looking for, what jobs are available, and if they have internships. In the past we have visited Nordstroms, GoDaddy, Avnet, Charles Schwab, Choice Hotels IT Headquarters, Amazon Distribution Center, Scottsdale Fashion Square EB Lane, Edward Jones, Fiesta Bowl, KPMG, Ritz-Carlton, Taser, The Lavidge Company, Vanguard, and the W Hotel. You have to be a paid member of Collegiate DECA to attend these off-site visits and sign up in advance either on the Collegiate DECA bulletin board in the AP Building or by going to the Arizona State DECA website http://www.azcollegiatedeca.weebly.com. Click on the “Industry Visits” tab to see details on this semester’s industry visits.
At least once per semester, we try to participate in a community service activity. This is also valuable for listing on your resume. In the past we have volunteered at St. Mary’s Food Bank and volunteered at High School DECA Conferences. All students are welcome to participate in our community service activities. You do not need to be a member to participate. Click on the “Community Service” tab to see more details on our current community service projects.
Once per semester we hold statewide Collegiate DECA conferences. This is a great place to meet other Arizona Collegiate DECA students. The Fall Leadership Conference includes an induction ceremony, professional development workshops, and practice competitions. The State Conference in the spring includes a guest speaker, more professional development workshops, a judges panel discussion, and state competitions. The competitions are judged by experts in their fields. Some students come to the conference for the networking and professional development only. The academic competitions are fun, once you get over your nerves. That’s why we have a practice competition in the fall. You don’t have to be the best student in the world to do well at these competitions. There are many different types of competitions in many different areas. Students with a combination of real-life experience and education do very well. You have to be a paid member of Collegiate DECA to attend these conferences and sign up in advance either on the Collegiate DECA bulletin board in the AP Building or by e-mailing Susan Meschkow at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click on the “Conferences” tab for more details. There will also be information on the conference on the state website http://www.azcolleigatedeca.weebly.com.
Those students that place in the top four, and score at least 70% at State Conference are eligible to attend the International Career Development Conference (ICDC), where they will attend professional development workshops related to their chosen field and compete against students from Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. This is a very exciting event. SCC has paid for me to take students each year since our club started. The event is held in April and the location varies. This year, 2017 ICDC will be held in Anaheim, CA. Last year at ICDC in Washington, DC six SCC students were in attendance – three were competition finalists, and one took second place in her category. SCC students have done very well in the past, and we hope to continue to do so. Click on the “Conferences” tab for more details.
To be able to make all of these things happen, we have to find ways to fundraise. This year we are again planning some restaurant fund raising events. In the past we have held a garage sale and have volunteered at a Phoenix Coyotes hockey game. During the 2012-2013 school year, DECA volunteered at the High School DECA Fall Conference. We raised money and were invited to attend a Phoenix Suns game after the event. We are always looking for ways to raise money. Click on the “Fundraising” tab for more details.
An active club requires organization and planning by both students and advisor. Students who want to be very actively involved in Collegiate DECA @ SCC have the opportunity to develop leadership skills by holding officer positions. Each year we select a President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. We will be selecting officers for the 2016-2017 academic year shortly. Applications will be available at the informational meeting on Thursday September 8, 2016 at 3:30 in room AP294., and are posted on the DECA Bulletin Board in the AP hallway. Click on the “Officers” tab for a list of officer’s duties and let me know if you are interested in applying for a position.
As a member, you can be as involved as you want to be. If you just want to join and just attend the industry visits that is fine. For some students, that is all they have time for. However, you get out of it what you put in, so the more involved you are the better. What are you waiting for? Join today!