Hear what Students say about the Retail Management Certificate.


“After receiving my certificate, I got right into finding a job, and within one week, landed a job with Smart and Final as a Full Time Key Carrier. I feel the certificate was well worth the time and I am excited I am able to come back into the grocery industry strong. Thank you very much for your help.”

Mario Gallegos
Smart and Final


“Since completion of the WAFC Retail Management Certificate Program in September 2013, I have been promoted now 2 separate times. Once in May 2014 into Meat Management, and now in January 2015 into Food Management. Both are huge promotions, and very huge accomplishments. Neither would have been possible so early in my career, if it wasn’t for my education via the Retail Management Certificate Program (WAFC).

I have many leadership qualities and technical abilities that make me a uniquely strong candidate for retail management. But, even more important, it’s the text-book knowledge that I have acquired over the last couple years, by furthering my education via WAFC, that truly sets me apart from the rest.

What you folks are doing at the WAFC is something special, and if continued, it will change the retail industry for the better, for many generations to come.”

William Whitsett
Fred Meyer


“When I first learned about the Retail Management Certificate program, I was excited and nervous. I had not taken a structured college course in a very long time and was concerned about the amount of time it would require each week. I am so thankful I made the decision to pursue the program. The courses have been very impactful, providing a deep understanding of the “why” of what we do each day.

The Retail Management Certificate program is a wonderful opportunity that Fred Meyer provides for its associates. The classes have given me skills that I use every day, and knowledge that has made me a more confident leader. I have grown personally and professionally and recommend this program to anyone in retail.”

Lavinia Sellers
District Coordinator, Home Electronics and Entertainment
Fred Meyer, Alaska


“It’s fantastic that the courses are structured around the needs of our industry. Every day I am using something that I learned through WAFC.”

Wylie Mitchell, Senior Director of Operations
Save Mart

“I started the program in the Spring Quarter of 2012. I thought it was a great way to start expanding my education and help my career. I find the classes informative and challenging. Over the past five quarters I have learned alot in every aspect of the retail industry. In some subjects the light bulb comes on and I realize, ‘That’s why we do it that way!’ I have finished the program in five quarters by taking two classes per quarter. The classes were all online which fit in with my 45-hours-per-week busy retail schedule. Being online I can go at my pace, taking a little time to understand a math concept or flying though a book because I do that work every day and have a clear understanding. I have encouraged many associates to start this program as way to continue their education. The Retail Management Certificate is just one step in my educational journey.”

Barbara Nelson
Human Resource Administrator
Puyallup Fred Meyer