Thrive  Level Achieved - SCCC DECA Chapter


January 3, 2023

Contact: Kerry Henley

                                Saline County Career Center


 Saline County Career Center DECA Recognized for THRIVE Level Chapter Campaigns

Marshall, MO – Saline County Career Center DECA Chapter was among 525 chapters that achieved THRIVE level recognition this year and will be commended at DECA’s International Career Development Conference (ICDC) held April 22-25, 2023 in Orlando, FL.. They were the only chapter in Missouri to participate and achieve all four campaigns.

 Each fall, DECA offers four campaigns for chapters to complete as part of their program of leadership for the year. These campaigns are designed to grow membership engagement and build lasting partnerships within the school and local community. Chapters that achieve THRIVE level receive a commemorative pennant, flag, and plaque. The chapters also have an opportunity to participate in ICDC. In order to receive THRIVE level recognition, a chapter would only need to complete two out of three chapter campaigns including the community service campaign, ethical leadership campaign and promotional campaign. Alternatively, the chapter participated in the membership campaign, which challenged the chapter to attain two of three goals: recruit 20 professional members, recruit 20 alumni members, or increase student membership by 20 more members from the previous school year.

 The Saline County Career Center DECA members who contributed to the THRIVE recognition were Bailey Kueker, Holly Huston, Jaedyn Borja, Gentrie Davis, Michelle Lin, Avery Evans, Kaylen Alvarez, and Ingrid Aguilar-Garcia with the assistance of their advisor, Kerry Henley

 Several chapter members helped with recruitment efforts, which helped increase chapter numbers for the membership campaign.  Efforts by this year’s SCCC DECA leaders and members included helping to collect food, painting pumpkins to be distributed to nursing home residents, putting together Christmas stockings and distributing them to WAFB service members, and working with local businesses and civic organizations to help with business solutions, and integrated marketing plans.

 Chapter advisor quote: “This year we were able to complete a new campaign that was introduced to DECA last year, the ethical leadership campaign.  Our advertising students learned how to create a public service announcement and include one of the eight principles of business ethics into their 60-second video. Students learned about ethics and were able to support a cause and bring awareness at the same time. It was a great way to include ethics into the curriculum.”

 About DECA Inc. DECA is a career and technical student organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs who are interested in careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, apply learning, connect to business and promote competition. DECA student members leverage their DECA experience to become academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders. DECA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with more than 225,000 members in 4,000 high school and college chapters in all 50 United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and Germany.

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