The Burnsville High School (BHS) DECA program will be well-represented at the upcoming State Career Development Conference, with 36 students qualifying in multiple events.
This is the most students to qualify for BHS in the history of the program, a testament to the opportunities in business and marketing courses available to students during their regular school day, according to Meggan Malone, DECA advisor and BHS business teacher.
“Even though DECA is an extra-curricular activity, more DECA students are taking business classes,” she said. “These classes have built-in DECA curriculum. Students develop ‘business’ vocabulary and the concepts they learn in class carry over to their DECA work.”
All of the students qualified in a role play category, which includes sales demonstrations or mock interviews. Students will also create an Integrated Marketing Plan, Innovation Plan, Start-Up Business Plan or Community Service Event, which are either 10- or 20-page papers and presentations. Several students qualified for more than one event.
All of the students qualified in a role play category, which has students participate in a scenario requiring them to solve problems quickly. Some of the DECA students will compete in the written project events which include 10- or 20-page papers and presentations for an Integrated Marketing Plan, Innovation Plan, Start-Up Business Plan or Community Service Event. Several students qualified for two or three events.
“We have a really great group this year,” Malone said.
The state conference will take place March 3-5 at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis. DECA is a leadership program that provides real-world experiences to prepare students for careers in finance, hospitality, marketing and management.