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2019-2020 College Catalog 
2019-2020 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Retail Management Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC Endorsement) Certificate of Completion Planning Guide

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How to use this Planning Guide:

This planning guide provides in-depth information about the requirements for this certificate. Review this information with your advisor and develop a plan for completion. 

  • Click on “print degree planner”  for a print-friendly version of this planning guide.
  • The Class Schedule will tell you when classes are available this quarter. 
  • The Annual Schedule  can provide information about when classes are typically offered throughout the year.

Program Description

Shoreline Community College offers a program in Retail Management leading to a Certificate of Proficiency (CP). Students interested in advancement are encouraged to enroll in longer programs of study to complete additional Certificates or an associate degree in Retail Management. Students pursuing a four-year Baccalaureate degree in Business should follow the Business Associate in Arts (AA-DTA) direct transfer degree planning guide.

Certificate of Completion (40 Credits)

Note: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. However, the information is subject to change without notice and final career decisions are the responsibility of the student.

Program Prerequisites:

Placement into ENGL& 101  or BTWRT 215  and placement into MATH 070  or BUS 102 , or instructor approval.

Program Requirements

Core Requirements

* Courses marked with an asterisk are offered during the quarter listed.

Certificate Completion

Students should automatically receive their Certificate after successful completion of all required courses. If you have not received your Certificate, please contact Jenifer Aydelotte in the office of Student Learning and Success at jaydelotte@shoreline.edu or 206-546-4719.

Program Advisors:

Ailsa Kellam
206-546-4657 akellam@shoreline.edu Rm 1410

Program Information:

Length of Program: 40 Credits
Completion Award: Certificate of Completion
Enrollment: Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring
Approximate Quarterly Costs: $25-$85
(in addition to tuition, books and parking)
Website: www.shoreline.edu/busad/genbusad.aspx

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Retail Management (WAFC Endorsement)-What is it?

The Retail Management (WAFC Endorsement) certificate provides a state-wide credential for those working in the retail food chain industry and other related retail jobs. This program is offered with a combination of classes online and on-campus as a convenient way to upgrade skills that could lead to better jobs in this field. The program is endorsed by the Western Association of Food Chains and focuses on necessary management skills of communication, math and skills specific to the retail industry. Online courses mean that the student can take courses while employed and also if relocated within the state. While endorsed by WAFC, skills are applicable to the entire retail management field. This Retail Management certificate could be the initial step, leading to an Associate degree and eventually a transfer degree for a bachelors program at a four-year university.

Program Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this program should be able to:

  1. Understand business operations, such as: marketing, financial reporting and human resource management
  2. Apply principles of retail merchandising to plan and control merchandise assortments.
  3. Apply marketing principles to plan, select and produce effective promotion.
  4. Demonstrate professional selling skills-effectively interview clients and gauge consumer needs.
  5. Apply business mathematics to analyze data and solve business problems.
  6. Communicate effectively-verbally and in writing; build positive consumer, vendor and public relations.

Career Opportunities-What can I do with a Certificate in Retail Management (WAFC Endorsement)?

Retail Management (WAFC Endorsement) graduates develop strong general business and management skills to work in a variety of business settings and positions, such as Store Managers, Assistant Managers, Buyers, Merchandise Managers, Sales Associates and Representatives. Entry-level salaries generally range from $18,000 to $24,000 with mid- management ranging from $35,300 to $60,200.

Potential employers include: Grocery Stores, food/beverage product manufacturing companies, food/beverage distribution companies. For more information, please visit career information and resources at https://www.shoreline.edu/counseling-center/career-counseling.aspx.

Shoreline Community College

16101 Greenwood Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133-5696



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