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Hamden DECA Students Find Success in Anaheim


Students that are part of Hamden’s DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) chapter competed in the annual International Career Development Conference in Anaheim this past April. Over 19,000 high school students from around the world competed in about 50 events, showcasing their projects. DECA prepares high school and college students for future careers in the fields of marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. Of the 31 students who participated in Anaheim, 28 of them finished in the top 20%.

Mayor Leng expressed his pride in DECA’s accomplishments, saying, “Once again, Hamden’s DECA chapter continues to impress. I am always thrilled to learn of DECA’s achievements, and I am confident that this very special group of students will continue to exceed expectations and make Hamden proud. I offer my sincere congratulations and thanks to all of Hamden’s DECA students for their fantastic efforts and achievements, and I look forward to Hamden DECA’s continued success in the years to come.”

The Hamden DECA chapter has been extremely successful over the years with 367 Hamden students winning at the state level. Internationally, Hamden DECA has had 22 Top 16 Finalists, 13 Top 10 Finalists, 1 Third Place Finalist, and 2 First Place finalists.

“Hamden DECA has had great success in training students for future careers” said Dale Kroop Hamden’s Director Economic Development and Neighborhood Revitalization “The economic success of the town is dependent on our ability to retain young talent and the local DECA chapter has gone a long way in helping us in that regard.”

For information regarding the DECA program, click https://www.deca.org/. For more information regarding Hamden’s DECA, contact Bryan Anderson at banderson@hamden.org.

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