“Thousands of workers across the U.S. are enrolled to earn the Retail Management Certificate. Achieving this significant milestone of 3,000 graduates is a celebration of WAFC’s execution on our pure mission of ‘Advancing the Food Industry through Education and Leadership’,” said Sarah Wehling, WAFC president chairwoman and VP of fresh foods at Costco Wholesale.
The eight-course community college level curriculum was developed in partnership with the nation’s community colleges, specifically to build the hard and soft skills required for careers in the food industry. It incorporates foundational and critical knowledge, technology, communications and leadership abilities. The program is available 100 percent online nationwide, and at approved campuses.
Established in 1921, with grants in excess of $31.9M, the WAFC is focused on providing educational opportunities for food industry associates. The Food Industry Management Program at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business has been available to qualified industry participants for 60 years. In 2000, the WAFC expanded its scope by working with community colleges throughout the Western United States to establish the Retail Management Certificate Program The Retail Management Certificate Program curriculum is currently available at 160 college/satellite locations and online nationally.