We Are DeKalb County School District Winter 2018 - Page 18

“I anticipate DCSD will have a lot more students participating and exposed to marketing and appreciating the benefits of DECA,” Hollis said. “A lot of teachers are going to love it. By the time we start next year, we’re going to be one of the strongest delegations in the state. I would love DeKalb DECA to be a force to be reckoned with.” Teaching In Demand Expertise Dunwoody teacher and DECA program sponsor Laura Lampron, who’s enjoying her first year in the DECA program, said its spread in the district proves these are skills sought out by students. “DECA is helping kids develop the soft skills all employers are looking for: job interview skills, public speaking, [the ability] to get along with and work with others, [the ability] to share ideas and come up with new ones,” Lampron said. DECA has allowed Nwogu to develop options and become a more well-rounded college student when he attends the University of Georgia next year. While majoring in computer science and minoring in marketing, he hopes to develop multiple revenue streams by expanding upon SMK Visuals’ success. “DECA builds you and transforms you,” Nwogu said. “In public speaking, you become comfortable talking with different people. It helps you learn things for the real world. Other clubs are theoretical or conceptual. In DECA, you’re going out there and meeting new people from across the state. It’s all good things you can use in your life to come.” Learn More DCSD’s Distributive Education Club of America (DECA) is one of the district’s many career and technical student organizations. To learn more, visit www.ctaedekalb.org. To learn more about DECA nationwide, visit www.deca.org. 18 | We Are DCSD Magazine