Whataburger and DECA Inc. Announce National Partnership

Collaboration will provide mentoring and career opportunities for high school and college students across the company’s 14-state footprint

Whataburger may be best known for its delicious, made-to-order burgers, but for thousands, it has also served up opportunity through its restaurant career path and scholarships for employees.

Today, with the announcement of a national partnership with DECA, the burger chain is extending that outreach. Whataburger and DECA will collaborate to promote career opportunities and career development programs for DECA members at both the high school and college levels.

“Our first jobs teach us skills that become the foundation for success in any career – dependability, time management, and working as part of a team,” said Pam Nemec, Senior Vice President for Human Resources and Brand Culture at Whataburger. “Whataburger is proud to team up with DECA in helping make sure the leaders of tomorrow start their career path off on the right foot.”

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Whataburger will also serve on the DECA National Advisory Board and support the organization’s student competitions.

“DECA welcomes Whataburger to our National Advisory Board (NAB), as our partnership will allow us to work together in preparing emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers,” said Frank Peterson, executive director of DECA Inc. “Whataburger’s emphasis on a great customer experience starting with an exceptional employee experience demonstrates a key learning outcome for DECA members as they prepare for careers.”

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Whether students are looking for a first job to gain experience and save money for college, or searching for a career path, Nemec says Whataburger has them covered.

“We have hundreds of stories of employees – whom we call Family Members – who started with us as teenagers, and because of our development programs, they now run multi-million dollar restaurants leading teams of more than 100 people,” Nemec said. “We’re excited to share those opportunities with DECA members and give them the tools to take charge of their futures.”

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