Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Recognizes GHC DECA

March 30, 2016 - Andrew Nelson shares a perspective on the attributes of the DECA Program and thanks the Board on behalf of the GHC DECA Team:

"Good Morning. On behalf of Granada Hills Charter High School and our DECA chapter, we thank Supervisor Antonovich and the entire Board of Supervisors for their recognition today. I am Andrew Nelson, an advisor for our GHCHS DECA chapter. I would like to introduce my partners in this effort, Tim Turnquist, Judie Baumwirt, and Marilyn Koziateck.

DECA’s mission statement is to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in the fields of marketing, finance, business administration, and hospitality. As an advisor, I see how DECA promotes initiative and innovation in our students. DECA members develop an entrepreneurial awareness that opens their eyes to the possibility of becoming job makers, not just job takers. In short, students envision pathways for controlling their career destinies.

DECA delivers its benefits at a small cost per student, and requires very little initial investment. It offers an opportunity to level the playing field for students who grow up in low- and moderate-income communities. DECA community service campaigns can serve local charities as seen in our chapter having raised $17,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in the last two years.

DECA blends well with STEM. I myself was sold on DECA when I observed it was the most popular student activity in the Silicon Valley. At ground zero for STEM fields, every Silicon Valley high school has a DECA chapter, and at most schools DECA membership exceeds any other student activity. The Silicon Valley’s parents see its not just about learning to write code as an isolated skill but rather how these programming tools can craft viable products and services that improve our daily lives.

Our chapter’s success demonstrates how DECA can deliver considerable value to its students in a short period of time and at a relatively low cost to the school. I would encourage members of the Board to learn more about DECA and to examine ways that they can facilitate other schools to start and nurture DECA chapters.

Thank you again to Supervisor Antonovich and the Board for the honor of your recognition today."

College & Career Ready

DECA has a tremendous impact on students' college and career choices. More than 70 percent of DECA members at the 2009 International Career Development Conference indicated that DECA has influenced their future career plans. Likewise, more than 65 percent indicated that DECA has influenced their future college plans.
To be prepared for both college and careers, DECA members are taking advantage of the programs of study in Marketing, Business Administration, Finance, and Hospitality. DECA has worked closely with the National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education's (NASDCTE) Career Clusters Project and MBA Research to assist with the development of National Curriculum Standards and Career Cluster Programs of Study.

Beginning in 2008, DECA undertook a significant multi-year effort to align our competitive events program with these career clusters, enabling teachers to better incorporate DECA into their curriculum and courses. The Comprehensive Competitive Events Framework provides competitive events that:
       •  are appropriate for each instructional level
       •  utilize a variety of methods and models to measure the student's knowledge and skills
       •  teachers can use to improve teaching and learning
       •  may be used to document learning for state reporting purposes
       •  may be used to document advanced credit or other forms of college admissions requirement

These pages are currently under construction. Please check back periodically for updates.

Our Global Business & Finance program has initiated the selection process for the next school year (2020-21). This academic program, commonly referred to by its initials "G.B.F.", is a small learning community of about 200 students.  It begins in your sophomore or junior years. 


GBF students work together to create a positive learning community among their fellow classmates and teachers. GBF is compatible with nearly all sports, extracurricular activities and academic classes including AP courses and AP Capstone.  Some GBF program highlights include but are not limited to: a) membership in GHC DECA, b) focus on career exploration, c) development of oral communication skills, d) emphasis on collaborative projects that teach teamwork, e) professional certification of employable skills (e.g. Microsoft Office Specialist in Excel), and/or e) financial literacy instruction including insights into investing and life management. 


GBF students access unique experiences that can distinguish them in applications and interviews for college and employment.  As business course enrollees, all GBF students are automatically members of GHC DECA.  DECA activities and competitions support the development of emerging student leaders and future entrepreneurs who demonstrate an interest in law, economics, finance, marketing, fashion, hospitality and/or business administration. New members will be joining a winning tradition. GHC DECA was recently selected as the #6 chapter in the country.  Nationwide, this 78-year-old student organization has 3,776 DECA chapters with 225,000 student members.  Go to to learn more about this element of the GBF program.


Normally current GBF students visit classrooms to share this opportunity with underclassmen but this year we will rely on this less direct line of communication. The Introductory GBF Video provides a student perspective on what makes this student community unique.  Please watch this video to see if GBF is a good fit for you. If you have some level of interest, we encourage you to complete the GBF Interest Form as follows: 


If you are interested in learning more about GBF, please go to:

Log into

Go To Student Platform, Room GHCDH1


Complete this short interest survey that lets the selection committee know of your interest in GBF.  They'll contact you soon to provide more details on scheduling and to answer your questions. Completion of the form does not commit you to joining GBF nor does it guarantee you a spot in the GBF class next year.  



If you encounter any difficulties with accessing and/or completing the Socrative interest survey, you can reach Mr. Nelson by email at "".  


Thank you for your time and stay safe.  The GBF Community of Students & Teachers