OREGON CITY - Clackamas Community College is providing business
classes to 29 managers at Goodwill Industries store in Salem. The
classes, offered by the college's ActOn Retail grant staff, will
prepare the Goodwill employees to earn a Retail Management
certificate at CCC, aimed at increasing professionalism and
Paul Moredock, director of the ActOn grant at CCC, has been
working with Goodwill for several months to develop the partnership
and coursework for the employees. "The retail management
certificate fits well with the mission and goals of Goodwill
Industries," he said.
Students in the Goodwill class are taking Business
Administration 285, Human Relations in Business. The class is in a
hybrid format. A CCC instructor teaches at Goodwill once a week for
two hours, and students study in an online format for the other
instructional portion. In addition, the ActOn grant staff provides
support to the students through individual career coaching.
Once the students finish the initial course, CCC will work with
Goodwill to provide each of the nine classes in the certificate
program. Additional groups of students are planned for Goodwill
employees in Vancouver, Wash., and Wilsonville.
CCC developed a retail management certificate program several
years ago to meet the needs of the industry in Clackamas County and
surrounding areas. The federal ActOn grant provides additional
support and resources to advance the program to both incumbent
workers in the industry and to connect business students with
opportunities in the retail sector. Salaries for retail managers in
the region start at about $43,000 annually.
Goodwill's mission is to help people with barriers to employment
connect to work or grow in the job they already have. "This class
elevates our employee confidence and professional service our
shoppers deserve," said Terry Gillette, Career Center information
and systems program manager, at Goodwill Industries of the Columbia
Willamette. "The program was affordable, the curriculum was on
track, and it's time efficient."
For more information about the ActOn Retail grant at CCC, please
contact Paul Moredock at 503-594-6186 or email email@example.com.