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Welcome to Mrs. Raaker's home page.  I teach ROP Integrated Marketing Communications, Sports & Entertainment Marketing and Economics of Business Ownership. I am also the DECA Advisor & the Business Academy Lead at Foothill. 
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2019 State Student Packet_Final

Attached is the packet to register for the State DECA Conference
Who is excited?!?!
Please see Mrs. Raaker or any officer if you have any questions.
Please do NOT print the forms double-sided.
NO incomplete registration will be accepted!

FIDM Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow Challenge

The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) is back with a re-vamped challenge for high school DECA members: the FIDM Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow Challenge. As the global market continues to evolve, entrepreneurial thinking skills, such as innovation and problem-solving, are becoming even more vital to success. This competition is an exciting opportunity for students to channel their inner entrepreneur by generating a new clothing, beauty, home, health, food or entertainment concept and showcasing their prototype in a brief YouTube presentation.



The challenge is open to all active high school DECA members. Students may participate individually or in a team of up to three members of a DECA chapter.

Participants will research the marketplace and then propose an entrepreneurial product to bring to the market. Participants must pitch their new product idea in a four-minute YouTube presentation, including the promotion, pricing and distribution strategies to bring their concept to the market. Participants may spend no more than $25.00 to create a prototype.

Entries are to be submitted online by February 03, 2019. See challenge guidelines for complete presentation and evaluation information. Students participating in the FIDM Entrepreneur of Tomorrow Challenge may also compete in a DECA competitive event at ICDC.


FIDM executives will review all submissions and select three top entries. The top three teams will be awarded a travel stipend to attend DECA’s International Career Development Conference (ICDC) and will be recognized on stage at the grand opening awards session. Eligibility to attend ICDC is determined by the chartered association advisor.



  • Challenge Submission Due: February 03, 2019
  • Winners Announced: March 08, 2019
  • ICDC: April 27-30, 2019

2019 NorCal Student Registration Packet

Attached is the packet to register for Nor Cal!
Who is excited?!?!
Please see Mrs. Raaker or any officer
if you have any questions.
Please do not print the forms double-sided.
No incomplete registrations will be accepted!

New Program at UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley has an exciting new program that’s just perfect for your students who are interested in both Business and Engineering. In the Management, Entrepreneurship, & Technology program, undergraduates will:
Earn two full bachelor’s degrees -- in engineering and in business -- in four years
Join a tight-knit cohort of just 50 students, who are supported by dedicated staff and their own collaboration space  Learn entrepreneurship from Berkeley’s faculty and Silicon Valley industry mentors. Meet with industry executives who are interested in hiring our talented students for summer and career positions
Benefit from all the resources of top-ranked Haas School of Business and the College of Engineering
Please note that students must enter this program as Freshman; we do not accept transfer students.
We encourage you to learn more about M.E.T. at our upcoming info session during UC Berkeley’s Cal Day:
Saturday, April 21, 2018 (during Cal Day, Berkeley’s annual open house)
11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja-Dai Hall
Please review our brochure (attached) and website and share this information with anyone you think would be a great fit for M.E.T. For any questions, please reach out to us at

2018 NorCal Judge Recruitment

 Click on the title of this post 2018 NorCal Judge Recruitment (above) for a detailed brochure. Highlights are below.

Dear Prospective Judge:

 Foothill DECA would like to invite you to our NORCAL Career Development Conference to be a judge at our competitive events program. You will be amazed at the caliber of our future business leaders in Northern California.  We will provide a continental breakfast and training on how to judge, as well as a great lunch! We are sure you will find it to be rewarding and enjoyable!

DATE:            Saturday, January 13, 2018

WHERE:        San Ramon Marriott Hotel

TIME:             7:45am – 4:00pm


 You can register online at

& complete the simple form online to register today!

 Agenda for the day:

 7:45am : CHECK- IN  (Professional dress please)

After check in, you will be assigned an event area where you will receive general training on judging procedures while enjoying a continental breakfast.  

9:00am – 12:00: You will begin seeing student competitors by 9:00 am for the morning event. After completion of judging the first group, you will be served a complimentary lunch. 

 1:00 pm – 4:00pm: You will continue judging the afternoon event. We do ask that you do not leave early unless you are finished judging all of your events, to ensure that every competitor has a chance to be judged.


 We hope that you choose to volunteer your time to our organization. You will be providing our students with the opportunity to excel in their future careers in business and marketing, and you will experience the amazing abilities of today’s high school students.  You will also have a chance to network with other business professionals and DECA advisors. We are confident you will enjoy the day and have a great time.


 Tami Raaker, Foothill DECA Advisor & The Foothill DECA Officer Team


Bank of America Student Leadership Program

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s Student Leaders® Program is officially accepting applications for its 2018 Student Leaders® program.

Participation in this program will help students develop their leadership and career skills and to connect with like-minded students. The purpose of Bank of America Student Leaders Program is to recognize exemplary high school juniors and seniors who have a passion for improving their communities.

The program helps students gain a greater understanding of how nonprofits create impact in the community and helps develop them as the next generation of community leaders through two components:

  •  A summer eight-week paid internship with a nonprofit organization selected by the bank
  • The week-long, all-expense paid Student Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. from July 8-13, 2018 

Interested students apply for the program by going to: The application period is officially open with a firm deadline of Friday, February 2, 2018.

For more information on the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, visit: