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Retail Management

WAFC logoThe WVC Retail Management certficate is endorsed by the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC), a high-profile, non-profit association dedicated to promoting academic preparation in the food industry. All of the WAFC member grocery companies recognize and value this college-level certificate, which is designed to provide individuals with the knowledge and skills that may increase their employability and career options in retail settings.

The retail management certificate prepares individuals to manage a variety of retail sales operations or lines of merchandise. Students who complete the courses for this program will develop a clear sense of the scope of a career in the field of retail management. The program serves both entry-level job candidates and incumbent employees. The curriculum includes courses in both written and oral communications, business math, human relations and microcomputer applications. Students also complete specific business and management courses in accounting, management, marketing, retailing and human resource management. After successful completion of the required coursework, students will receive a retail management certificate, which may also show the WAFC endorsement.

All certificate courses may be applied toward a Wenatchee Valley College associate of technical science degree in General Business and some courses are transferable. Students should work closely with a business adviser to plan their class schedules.

For more information about careers related to this field, go to My Next Move or the Employment Security Department Web page (scroll through the alphabetical list by occupation, or type the name of the occupation into the search filter).