As an extension of the classroom, conferences and events enrich the CTE experience for DECA students. By attending conferences and events, student members are able to connect with business and industry professionals to hear information on what industry is demanding of students and hear updates on the latest innovations in their field, including technology.  Many DECA conferences also feature competitive events, allowing students to apply their classroom knowledge to real-world scenarios in their given career path.

Fall Leadership Conference

October 17-18, 2021 (Des Moines)

Annual chapter leadership event featuring workshops and activities aimed at building high-quality DECA chapters.


District Career Development Conferences

December 12, 2021 (District 2)

January 17, 2022 (District 3)

First round of competitive event conferences held across three locations in Iowa.

State Career Development Conference

February 20-21, 2022 (Des Moines)

State level competitive event conference with top students advancing to ICDC.

International Career Development Conference

April 23-26, 2022 (Atlanta)

Annual gathering of 20,000 student leaders for skill development, competitive events, and college and career connection.