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Professional Development Organizations

The places your William Woods University degree can take you and the amazing things your future can hold are endless. Preparation for your future starts in the classroom, but extends well beyond that knowledge. Below are several student organizations dedicated to shape strong leaders, provide networking opportunities, grow you in your profession of choice and prepare you for a future of success.

William Woods Collegiate-DECA

Collegiate DECA is an international professional organization open to ALL students to increase valuable leadership development skills, networking skills, and essential professional skills for future careers. The organization focuses on topics such as marketing, management and entrepreneurship with the added excitement of both state and international competitions. Though it can be beneficial to any major, Collegiate DECA is an exceptional resource to those pursuing a business degree.

William Woods University’s Collegiate DECA team, founded in 2007, has remained consistently active and successful throughout the years, placing with top awards in many state and international competitions.


  • To nurture competent, entrepreneurial, self-reliant, cooperative leadership in a variety of professional areas with specific emphasis in the areas of marketing, management, merchandising, and entrepreneurship.
  • To help students make informed career choices by providing opportunities to explore fields as diverse as advertising, wholesaling, fashion/apparel, design, food/food service, sales/sales management, retail management, human resource management, financial services, advertising/promotion, sports and entertainment, hospitality/travel/tourism, international marketing, business-to-business marketing and other management and marketing-oriented occupations.
  • To encourage business activity that demonstrates civic, social, and moral responsibility.
  • To recognize the importance of career education and to promote a willingness to use the training facilities provided by corporations to continually improve skills and knowledge in college and throughout life.
  • To increase understanding of and appreciation for the system of free enterprise.