Preparing for Greatness – DECA Students Learn How to Lead

Posted by on February 11, 2013

business degree, DECAFor a group of business degree students at Minnesota School of Business-Shakopee, DECA provides a unique opportunity to utilize the skills they are learning in the classroom to prepare for their future in a very hands-on manner.

DECA assists students in developing career preparation for the business sector by utilizing applied learning activities that directly relate to business.

Dick Anderson, accounting program chair at Minnesota School of Business-Shakopee, recently held informational meetings for students who are interested in joining the organization, highlighting the ways in which DECA prepares students for the realities of post-college life.

Dick explained that students who participate in DECA are exposed to a variety of experiences including:

  • Guest speakers who visit the group to share their insights on business topics
  • Unique opportunities to give back to the community
  • Valuable connections with local businesses
  • Competitions aimed at enhancing business skills

Eric Fredrickson is one of the DECA student officers whose hope is to continue to grow DECA at Minnesota School of Business-Shakopee.

“We are currently trying to get people excited about future possibilities with DECA,” Eric said. “My goal for DECA would be to get students talking, interacting, and excited about business.”

business degree, DECAEric spoke of the great networking opportunities that come with DECA involvement, sharing that “the most beneficial part of my involvement with DECA so far has been the access to Dick Anderson’s business experience.”

The connections the students make with business leaders often go far beyond graduation.

According to the DECA website, the guiding principles of the organization read:

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.
DECA meets on campus every Tuesday and Thursday at 5:15 p.m.; all students are welcome to attend. Learn more about DECA by visiting the organization’s website or by connecting with Dick Anderson at

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