Seattle based Giant Campus, a nationally recognized leader in innovative technology, marketing and business education programs, announced today that it has formed the first online DECA chapter in coordination with Washington DECA. DECA is a student organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. “Being handpicked by DECA to launch this online chapter is an honor,” said Giant Campus founder and CEO Pete Findley. “At Giant Campus, we are committed to providing a robust business and marketing curriculum for our students, and DECA membership is a key element to our program.”
Education technology company Giant Campus recently added courses in marketing and entrepreneurship to its online curriculum. “Giant Campus is a perfect partner because it’s located right in our backyard in Seattle, is one of the leading online learning companies and has been preparing students for business-related careers since 1997,” said Washington DECA Executive Director Shanna LaMar. “We recognize that business no longer takes place entirely in-person and that’s why we’ve decided to launch this first- of-its-kind chapter, where students from all over Washington State can collaborate through a mix of virtual and in-person meetings.”
The partnership between Giant Campus and Washington DECA is part of the trend toward online learning programs. Lori Jacobs, a business and marketing education teacher at Auburn High School and the 2009 Washington DECA Advisor of the Year will act as the Giant Campus DECA advisor. “I’m looking forward to helping launch a chapter which promises to change how our young business leaders learn life-long skills,” said Jacobs. “With the Giant Campus chapter, the barriers of geography, and a dedicated advisor are gone. Students in rural and metropolitan areas, and in private and public schools will have a platform to share ideas on a daily basis.”
DECA, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is open to any student enrolled in marketing education in an area where there is a chapter. Students form their own chapters and elect their own officers, while marketing education teachers and coordinators serve as individual chapter advisors. DECA chapters are self-supportive, and members pay chapter, state, and national membership dues. Through its online chapter, more students will have access to the opportunities DECA offers to students who want to pursue careers in business and marketing.
According to its website, Washington DECA currently has over 10,400 members in 144 chapters across the state and is the fourth largest DECA association in the nation. Membership is open to all Washington State high school students who meet DECA membership requirements, do not attend a school with a DECA chapter and enroll in one of Giant Campus’ business courses. For the fall term, students enrolled in Introduction to Entrepreneurship or Introduction to Marketing courses are eligible to join the online chapter.
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