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Central Arizona College Certificate Supports Partnership with Western Association of Food Chains

By Angela Askey, Executive Director Public Relations and Marketing

The Management Certificate offered through Central Arizona College’s Business Division qualifies for the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC) National ‘Retail Management’ credential.

The WAFC was established in 1921, as a non-profit organization comprised of retailers and wholesalers in the Western United States representing over 7,500 supermarkets and $200 billion dollars in annual sales. The WAFC’s primary mission is to provide educational and leadership opportunities for food industry associates that help advance employees into successful careers.

The CAC Management Certificate features eight courses and students will complete twenty-four credits. Courses are offered at the Aravaipa, Maricopa, Signal Peak, San Tan and Superstition Mountain Campuses as well as online. In addition to being recognized by the grocery chain business, this certificate supports general business management curriculum valuable across major industry careers and disciplines. Individuals completing the Management Certificate may choose to complete an Associate of Applied Science Business Degree.

WAFC stores include AJ’s, Albertsons, Bashas’, Coca Cola, Costco, Dine’ Mkt., Food City, Fry’s, Kroger, Los Altos Ranch Markets, Safeway, Smith’s Food & Drug, Smart & Final, Sprouts, United Grocers, and Whole Foods. Employees with a WAFC store may qualify for a tuition reimbursement program through their employer.

CAC’s spring semester begins Jan 14, 2019. Following is a listing of the required Management Certificate courses that are available for spring 2019.

BUS123          Business Relations

CIS110            Fundamentals of Computer Literacy

BUS207          Business Communications

BUS190          Principles of Management and Leadership

or BUS292 Fund of Logistics–Organizational Management

BUS180          Introduction to Marketing

HRM252         Managing Hospitality Human Resources

ACC100          Fundamentals of Accounting

or ACC201 Financial Accounting

BUS220          Retail Management

The management certificate and WAFC options are available to all interested students and current WAFC employees.

For more information about the Management Certificate, please contact Gayle Haro, Professor of Business via email at, call 520-494-5403 or 520-494-5487, or visit the Business Division online at www.centralaz/edu/business. CAC will be closed Dec. 21 through Jan. 6 for the holiday break.

For specific information regarding the National Retail Management credential, visit