“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 a lot 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


“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


“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


“As we look to develop the next generation of leaders within the industry, it is so important to understand that our future success is married to the education of our employees. At Gelson’s Markets we appreciate the WAFC for helping to further the cause of education within the grocery industry. To obtain the Retail Management Certificate is an important and valuable achievement, which demonstrates both the commitment of a student to their career, and to their self-improvement for our mutual benefit.”

Rob McDougall
President / CEO, Gelson’s Markets

“The WAFC Retail Management Certificate Program is one of the best resources I know for building educated and motivated retail teams that have the confidence and skills to consistently perform beyond our customers’ high expectations.”

Oscar Gonzalez, Co-Owner
Northgate Gonzalez Markets, Inc.