Student Leadership Organizations
Career and technical education student organizations serve over 25,000 young adults in New York State. Within the context of the career and technical education instruction program, student leadership organizations provide students interested in specific career areas with a range of individual, cooperative, and competitive activities. The United State Department of Education recognizes the career and technical education organizations in a policy statement signed by the Secretary of Education. Legislative support for these co-curricular and integral activities is included in current career and technical education legislation.
~NYS Education Department
Williamsville has very successful student leadership organizations at all three high schools. Both the DECA (North High and South High) and FBLA (East High) chapters regularly have students competing at the state and national levels.
DECA (North and South High Schools)
DECA, an Association of Marketing, Management and Entrepreneurship Students, is probably the most visible aspect of business education. DECA’s role as a professional student organization is to provide students with opportunities to apply the skills and knowledge they learn in the classroom in a practical manner. DECA enables students to find themselves, to express a positive self-image, and to be self-reliant. It puts them on a path of opportunity that is clear and meaningful to them. Students learn how the business world functions.
Students will be involved in a variety of activities which include community projects as well as conferences and competitions. DECA is an effective way to develop leadership skills such as working together, establishing goals, team building, decision making, and knowing when to lead and when to follow. These skills will last a lifetime; they are useful in many situations, and are in great demand in the business world.
FBLA (East High School)
FBLA is a co-curricular organization that takes what is learned in the classroom and applies it to real world business situations. Through monthly chapter meetings, community service projects and local, state, and national level conferences and competitions, students are able to increase their business knowledge, and “soft” skills that are required by today’s employers.