Retail Management Certificate

The UAA Board of Regents recently approved the Community & Technical College's (CTC) new undergraduate certificate in retail management. The certificate meets an acknowledged need in the Alaska retail industry and is fully endorsed by the Western Association of Food Chains. Currently, the retail grocery industry includes three of the top four largest private-sector employers in Alaska.

The certificate incorporates skills in business writing, business math, computer applications, oral communications, management, bookkeeping/accounting, marketing, retailing, leadership and human resource management. Students have an opportunity to focus on either career/technical education or acquiring transferable credits for the future pursuit of associate and baccalaureate degrees. Disciplines in which general management competencies are important include accounting, finance, marketing, etc.

The program is offered through CTC's Chugiak-Eagle River Campus in conjunction with the UAA College of Business & Public Policy. It was developed in collaboration with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Community & Technical College.

For more information about the certificate contact us via email or at 786-7618.


Academic Advisor
Cheryl Smith, Chugiak-Eagle River Campus or Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, 786-7600



The National Retail Federation and KPMG published a collaborative report called "Retail Insight" stating:

  • 44% of retail employees do not work in sales positions.
  • Retail encompasses many professions; accounting, merchandising, computer programming/software design, human resources, artists and designers, logistics and supply chain management, and architects and engineers.
  • Retail employees are not all working for the "big box" retailers. In fact, more than a quarter are working in a company with fewer than 100 employees.

What Our Industry Partners Are Saying ...

"A couple of years ago, my employer Fred Meyer began emphasizing education. I panicked at the prospect of sacrificing my management career or family in order to continue to grow with my company. I was able to join the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC) Retail Management Certificate (RMC)  program online and complete all of the course work in a little over a year without hindering my professional or family responsibilities. Several other executives and leaders have completed the program, including our company president.  Since completing the program I have had several more opportunities open for me that would not have been available prior." 

- Jodey Ellis-Spansel, Fred Meyer District 7 Apparel Coordinator and UAA RMC Advisory Board Member