Advised by Mrs. Brooks and Mrs. Spinello

Meeting time: Wednesdays after school in room W260

DECA students work in the school store before school and during periods 1, 2, 3, and 8. This provides them with real life retail work experience including advertising, selling, buying and merchandising, inventory planning and maintenance, and visual display merchandising.

Other major events throughout the year include an annual Haunted House and Halloween Party thrown with FBLA each October, the Apple Harvest Parade, the Drug Free Rally, community service drives, fundraisers, leadership workshops, and competitive conferences.

Who should join?

Any student with an interest in going into a business career and/or want real world experience before going to college. DECA students are better prepared to market themselves, solve problems, think creatively, work collaboratively, and stay motivated!

Email advisors Teresa Brooks at and Sandra Spinello at to learn more about the Southington Chapter and how to get involved at the high school membership level, alumni membership level, or one of our business professional levels.

Visit the Southington DECA website:

To learn even more, visit the DECA, Inc. website at There you can find more information including a calendar of events at and practice DECA competitive events at To learn more about Connecticut DECA, visit


DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.


Our guiding principles explain how we fulfill our mission by addressing what we do and the outcomes we expect. DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, applying learning in the context of business, connecting to business and the community and promoting competition. Our student members leverage their DECA experience to become academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders.


Our attributes and values describe DECA's priorities and standards. We value competence, innovation, integrity and teamwork.