Want to learn more about the Retail Management Certificate Program? Join us for these upcoming webinars…

As a follow-up to the successful 2016 Retail Management Certificate Summit, the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC) and Food Marketing Institute (FMI) are co-hosting informational webinars for retailers, state associations and community colleges.  Please click on the appropriate link below to register for one of these complimentary webinars.

RetailersRMC Toolkits
Tuesday, August 16th – 1pm ET
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State Associations
Wednesday, August 17th – 1pm ET
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Community Colleges
Thursday, August 18th – 1pm ET
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And be sure to download the toolkits to use as a reference during the webinars.



Retail Management Certificate Presentations

IMG_7614Cherie Phipps, WAFC – Director, Retail Management Certificate, joined Smith’s Senior executive team over a 3-day period Salt Lake City, Albuquerque, and Las Vegas.  The sessions, sponsored by the resource group called “Women’s Edge”, reached over 500 people with the message about how the Retail Management Certificate Program can help associates achieve their personal and professional goals.

As part of the event in Las Vegas, Angel Sherman was awarded her WAFC/Smith’s Retail Management Certificate. She was honored in front of 150 fellow Smith’s employees during a session where the Retail Management Certificate program was introduced.  Colleen Juergensen, a Senior Executive for Smiths presented the certificate.


Retail Management Certificate formally recognized at the White House

Last Friday, April 24th, 2015, our industry-driven Retail Management Certificate was formally recognized at the White House, during an important convening on Upskilling America.

The WAFC’s recognition was predicated on the 2015 commitment our partner companies made to support of the Retail Management Certificate with specific enrollment and completion goals.  The WAFC Board of Directors represent a significant “employer voice”, and our commitment is directly in line with the President’s call to action in January to equip front-line workers with the skills they need to advance in their careers.

The event was presided over by Vice President Joe Biden, with added remarks from the Secretaries of Commerce, Education, and Labor.

“It is quite an honor to have our Nation’s capital shine such a spotlight on the Retail Management Certificate that you all have worked so diligently to build. We are grateful for your tireless efforts to help build education depth throughout our Industry,” said Cherie Phipps, WAFC Director, Retail Management Certificate.

“Congratulations to all who have worked in elevating our efforts in “Advancing the Food Industry through Education and Leadership,” said Carole Christianson, WAFC Chief Operating Officer.

For more information, see the White House Fact Sheet.


Laura Bush and Magic Johnson to Keynote WAFC Annual Convention

We are looking forward to this year’s WAFC annual convention with Laura Bush, Magic Johnson, and many other inspiring presenters and food retail industry leaders. This year’s event is on track to be the most attended convention to date. Come experience this unique forum for learning, networking, and business collaboration.

May 2-6, 2015
JW Marriott Desert Springs
Palm Desert, CA


Register Online

The Endless Possibilities of Retail

Retail is everywhere and provides an endless number of career opportunities.

To find out if retail is right for you, join Clakamas Community College as they welcome Shelly Womack, Regional HR Director, WinCo Foods for an exciting presentation and Q&A session discussing the opportunities in retail and the benefits of the Retail Management Certificate program.about Retail Info Session Flyer