Annual Maine DECA conference offers competition and awards

The Maine DECA 48th State Career Development Conference was held recently. The conference featured a competition in which students were presented with challenging marketing and business case problems with volunteer business professionals serving as judges.

Elaine Briggs recognized by DECA
Maine DOE’s Elaine Briggs

Students also competed in proficiency and occupational testing. The top finalists will soon travel to Nashville to compete against thousands of other students at DECA’s international conference.

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in business, marketing and management. Maine DECA has more than 100 members from five high schools and career technical centers. Through the program, students work to develop leadership abilities, social and business etiquette, civic responsibility, ethical behavior in personal and business relationships, and to understand the role of the free enterprise system in a global economy.

Also at the conference, Elaine Briggs, a member of the Maine Department of Education’s Career and Technical Education was awarded the state DECA recognition award. This award is given for outstanding support for the Maine DECA association.  Briggs has worked for the DECA students and staff for many years, both as a judge and as a contact at the State.

DECA is formerly known as Distributive Education Clubs of America. To learn more about DECA, visit here, or contact Lisa Delampan, NH & Maine DECA Chartered Advisor at