Pathways: Retail Sales and Service

RSS Roadmap ThumbnailThis 13 to 25 credit Pathway can be taken in one term or over two terms. The curriculum includes skills, knowledge, and abilities that have been identified as essential for a retail management career. Courses in this training are included in the Less-than-one-year certificate in Retail Management, which is endorsed by the Western Association of Food Chains, and can be applied toward completion of an Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Administration.

Students gain a theoretical base of knowledge in business while learning practical skills associated with the retail industry. At the conclusion of the training students receive a training award. The average hourly target wage for retail work in the Portland metropolitan area is above $8-12/hr (Source: Oregon's Labor Market Information System,

Conveniently located: PCC's Cascade, Rock Creek or Sylvania campus.

The next start date is Fall Term - September 22, 2014.


For more information on the next Retail Sales and Services pathway and/or attending as a Career Pathways student, please contact Laurie Chadwick at 971-722-6233.


  • Students participate in three hours a week of Career Planning.
  • Through the Career Planning course a cohort learning community is developed and supports students as they pursue employment in the retail industry.
  • Students earn college credit that may be applicable to the PCC Less-Than-1-Year Certificate in Retail Management and the Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration.
  • This Pathway is on the Work Source Inc. Eligible Training Program List. under Marketing - AAS.
  • Offered in partnership with the PCC Department of Business Administration.

Estimated Cost Of Training:
Term 1: $1,790.05
Term 2: $1,542.80 (optional)
Total: $3,332.85

Training Cost Sheet

Includes fee for career guidance, Career Planning class, and placement services.

Note: The figures above are based on the 2011/12 PCC fee structure. They are approximations and subject to change without notice.


  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Completion of a COMPASS placement exam at a PCC testing office with placement into:  Writing 121, Reading 115, and Math 60.
  • For information on a free workshop to prepare to take the COMPASS exam call 971-722-6218.

Course of Study

Course Number Course Name Credits
BA111 Introduction to Accounting 3
BA131 Computers in Business 4
BA249 Principles of Retailing & E-tailing 3
BA285 Human Relations - Organizations 3
WFTT23 Career Planning: This course is designed to build a learning community among students pursuing career pathways courses. Students will develop their skills as a student, intern and job seeker. A job search portfolio will be used as an organizational framework for the course. non-credit
Total Credits (Term 1) 13
BA206 Management Fundamentals 3
BA211 Principles of Accounting 3
BA223 Principles of Marketing 3
BA224  Human Resource Management 3
Total Credits (Term 2) 12

What should I do next to get into the training?

  1. Apply for Admission to the College.
  2. Take the college placement exam workshop.
  3. Take the COMPASS placement exam. You can call one of the PCC testing centers to schedule the exam.
  4. Complete the PCC online student orientation.
  5. Contact Laurie Chadwick at 971-722-6192.