Program Overview

The Retail Merchandise Manager Certificate program at Southeastern Technical College is a non-degree program intended to prepare students for supervision over the purchasing and marketing of merchandise in a variety of settings. As completing this program does not result in a degree or diploma, it is best suited to add to the credentials of students that have already completed a degree program at the Associate or Bachelor Degree level. Earning this certificate may also strengthen the resume of individuals seeking entry-level employment in retail marketing or merchandising.

In order to complete this program, those enrolled must earn a minimum of 15 hours of credit from a combination of required and elective courses. In general, this program can be finished in one or two semesters, depending on the course load chosen by the student. In the required coursework, candidates will be instructed in the importance of monitoring and working off of consumer behavior, as well as how to effectively visually merchandise.

Outside of the four required courses, students have the option of choosing either Principles of Management or Small Business Management in order to round out the credit total of this program. The first course is intended to aid students in developing the supervisory and leadership skills integral to successful management in a range of environments. Topics of instruction include the proper application of authority, a changing workplace due to technological advancement, and corporate restructuring. The Small Business Management course focuses on factors of management relevant to running a small or independent business, including marketing strategies, business growth, and employee relations.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Council on Occupational Education

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    Southeastern Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate Degrees.

    School Overview

    The story of today’s Southeastern Technical College begins in Emanuel County in 1963. That year, Swainsboro Area Vocational Technical School opened, made real through the efforts and support of the local legislators and citizens in the Emanuel County area. Swainsboro Area Vocational Technical School converted to state governance in 1987 and was renamed Swainsboro Technical Institute. The school became Southeastern Technical College in 1990.

    STC offers associate's degree programs, occupational certificates, and diplomas, many of which can be earned completely online.


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