DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.
Illinois Coordinating Council for Career & Technical Student Organization is comprised of all 10 student career and technical organizations in the state of Illinois. ICCCTSO holds 3 day leadership training in Springfield every summer for the state officers of each CTSO. The 10 CTSO’s are BPA, DECA, FBLA, FCCLA, FFA, HOSA, PBL, TSA & Skills USA.
This year the conference will be July 25 - 27, 2018. Unlike most of the other CTSO’s we do state officer elections in the fall so we don’t have current officers to attend; however, students who plan to run for state office should consider attending this conference to prepare to be a leader. The conference is subsidized by a state grant and the cost is usually $20 per person which covers conference materials, speakers, hotel room and several meals. A student must have their advisor in attendance and both are expected to participate in the conference activities. This past year the students were able to debate issues on the floor of the House of Representatives led by a Parliamentarian and usually have lunch in the Governor’s Mansion as part of the conference activities.