An alliance of the independent grocery and convenience store industries.


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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Supermarket Management Class 2.0 

This program is designed for passionate supermarket people and will dive into practical solutions for both the common, and more challenging, problems operators experience in their stores each day. Send WFIA Educational Foundation your receipt and get $250 in tuition reimbursement.

Class runs from September 21st-25th, 2020 in Chicago, IL. Register before August 14, 2020 and receive a $300 discount. Click here for a a view of the agenda for the program.

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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
Orientation: Friday, January 4th, 2019
Program Dates: January 7th – April 23, 2019

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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.

Using recent industry case studies and interactive group discussions, this program includes topics varying from leadership development, team building, and management, marketing strategy, ethics, power and influence, as well as economic theory. Program Fees $3,995 WFIA Educational Scholarship $1,000.

Upcoming Programs: 
MARCH 16, 2020 - MARCH 19, 2020

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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. WFIA Educational Scholarship $500.

Program begins on February 10th-14th, 2020.

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Western Association of Food Chains


IGA Coca-Cola Institute





USC Marshall School of Business

For more information email 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


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