College offering retail management certificate


Courtesy GRCC

A college and grocer are partnering to offer a retail management certificate.

The initial cohort is comprised of 18 employees who have been with Meijer for at least a year. All the classes are in a seven-week format, allowing the employees to complete the certificate in a year.

The program is the result of several years of planning with the company and would give employees skills to advance within Meijer or at other large retailers.

The first two classes, organizational behavior and accounting, are being taught by GRCC faculty at Meijer headquarters in Walker. The rest of the classes include online courses in business communication and business management.

Meijer will cover the employees’ tuition, fees and books for the first course and also offer an educational reimbursement program to defray the cost of the full program.

Employees who complete the certificate, which is recognized by the Western Association of Food Chains and endorsed by the Food Marketing Institute, will be encouraged to continue their studies for an associate of business degree.

“Our team members are vital to our company’s success, and we remain committed to investing in their professional development,” said Todd Weer, senior vice president of stores for Meijer. “This newest partnership with Grand Rapids Community College provides a great opportunity to help our team members achieve their educational goals and advance their careers.”

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