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Promoting and protecting the independent, community-focused grocery industry and its suppliers.


The Retail Management Certificate Program

This retail specific certificate is typically earned in 2 years and can be taken at several locations throughout Washington and/or online. WFIA and the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC) both offer scholarship programs to help students cover the costs of tuition and many of our member retailers will chip in for employees to attend this highly recommended program as well. 

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Food Industry Management Program

This 14 week course at the University of Southern California grants students 16 academic college credits and covers an array of food industry management subjects. Tuition to this program is covered by the Western Association of Food Chains for qualified applicants and WFIA scholarships are available to help with housing costs and supplemental materials.

Upcoming Program January 8 - May 2, 2018

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Food Industry Executive Program

This 4 day intensive course at the University of Southern California is designed for those with managerial experience in the food industry with the intention of moving on to executive leadership positions. The Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC) and WFIA have scholarships available for this targeted enrichment program.

Upcoming Programs:  September 18-21, 2017 or March 12-15, 2018

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IGA Coca Cola Institute's Leadership Journey

The IGA Coca-Cola Institute is now offering a Leadership Journey course by applying new technologies and insights that focus on the development of senior/middle management. Management and operational elements include customer service, strategic planning, family succession, time management, retail management and merchandising. You do not need to be an IGA store to participate.

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Portland State University - Today's Managers: Tomorrow's Leaders

This program features a practical, solution-oriented approach to management issues. The emphasis is on interaction using case studies, role-playing, team discussions, and lectures.

Program begins on February 25, 2018

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Western Association of Food Chains

USC Marshall School of Business

IGA Coca-Cola Institute

For more information email foundation@wa-food-ind.org or call 360-753-5177.

Washington Food Industry Association

P.O. Box 706

1415 Harrison Ave NW, Suite 101

Olympia, WA 98502

Tel: 360-753-5177

Email: info@wa-food-ind.org

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