By: Randy Cypret
The retail industry has gotten a bad rap as a career choice, and Tracy Davis at the University of Houston-Downtown’s College of Business says it’s time for people to see retailing for what it is – a great opportunity.
Over the next few years one out of every five jobs will be related to the retail industry, so retail management is a career opportunity many business majors may not have considered, said Davis, director of UHD’s new Center for Retail Management. Today, many fast-growing retail companies have more management openings than trainees in their pipelines, he said.
The Center for Retail Management now offers educational and research programs that support the retail industry. Students can obtain a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a minor in retail management. A major in retail management is under development. Students will have access to a retail/marketing lab and the latest retail industry software including such things as point of sale tracking, price management and data mining.
Starting in January, the center also will launch an online certificate program funded, in part, by grants from the Texas Retailers Education Foundation. TREF has provided three grants to help start the center at UHD.
The certificate program will be delivered through interactive webinars with industry experts and online curriculum including readings and activities. The certificate program is designed for non-degree seeking students who want to advance their careers in retail management. Industry participants interested in increasing their knowledge in a specific area, but not in obtaining a certificate can take individual webinars, Davis said.
For information about UHD’s Center for Retail Management, contact Davis by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone at 713-221-8902.
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