March 2018, Part I


March 2018, Part I


Macy’s Inc. Associate Finds Second Chance To RISE Up. The National Retail Federation (NRF) showcased the story of Macy’s Inc. Associate David Townes in a recent video. During remarks given at the NRF Foundation Gala in January, Townes credited the RISE Up Retail Industry Fundamentals training and credentialing program for helping him find a second chance in the service sector. “Before you stands living proof that the RISE Up program and companies, businesses like Macy’s that really care, not only help to change lives, they help to save lives,” said Townes.


North Dakota High School Students Learn Kitchen Basics. In a recent series exploring courses offered by Southeast Regional Career and Technical College, the Wahpeton Daily News highlighted a restaurant management and chef training class designed for area high school students. Taught by restaurant owner Jerry Prante, the 36-week culinary arts course combines web-based curriculum and lab work in the kitchen, where participants learn skills from broiling and deep frying, to budgeting and safety. “I’ve had some students who have gone on to college and are still working in the industry,” explained Prante.


Lowe’s Unveils New Employee Education Program. On March 1, Lowe’s rolled out a new employee education program called “Track to the Trades,” reported CNBC. With a four-city pilot in Charlotte, Denver, Pittsburgh and Richmond, the home improvement retailer is offering staff financial assistance to pursue certifications for trade skills, such as electrical, plumbing and appliance repair. “We are providing unique career alternatives for our associates while also building a pipeline for the next generation of skilled trade workers, allowing us to better meet the demands of customers while creating long-term educational benefits and economic opportunity for our people,” said Lowe’s chief human resources officer Jennifer Weber.


NFL Players Try Retail To Prepare For Life After Football. Last month, NFL players took to the Manhattan NBA store to experience what it’s like to work in retail, reported the New York Post. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Josh Dobbs and Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard were among those who spent the day making jerseys, working the cash register and tidying up the store. Spearheaded by sports merchandiser Fanatics, the program is part of a NFL Player’s Association externship program to prepare athletes for life after football. Fanatics is hosting players for three weeks at its warehouse facilities, offices and stores.
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