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DECA is a program preparing emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.
Interest in the program skyrocketed after four students took the lead on the proposal, wanting to bring a school store, business tactics, and various other management skills to all AMHS students. Alumni Sean Goldfinch, one of the student organizers, believes this program will benefit students in a multitude of ways.
“I think it will teach kids how businesses work as well as different career paths that students can go into,” says Sean. “Skills like management, and marketing are unique to this course, and I believe this would not only be a great start for me, but all students interested in business.”
Already over 60 students have attended interest meetings for DECA. Isaac Melum, the DECA club facilitator and business class teacher, says he knows first hand how influential this DECA program can be.
“I participated in DECA when I was in high school, and it gave me my first chance to realize the things I was good at and had the potential to excel in. Now with the opportunity to lead this here, gives me the chance to give the same opportunity to kids at AMHS. It will give them a sense of responsibility for something more than just themselves.”The school store, the major component of DECA, opened in the Spring of 2014 and the course and regional competitions began fall 2014.