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Community colleges put higher education close to where you live, work, and play. There are many reasons community colleges are attractive. They have an open admissions policy and offer many courses, including courses that will help prepare you for a bright future in the retail industry. Their low tuition helps keep higher education within the reach of many Americans. These factors make community college a good place to go to gain job skills.

Retail occupations allow individuals with a high school diploma to get initial experience that, coupled with dedication and initiative, can mean moving quickly up the career ladder. However, retailers are working with community colleges and the public workforce system to develop training programs, particularly around management and specialty occupations, and to increase awareness and access to the wide variety of career options in the retail industry. Employers increasingly seek graduates from junior, community and technical colleges and four-year universities for management roles and entry-level positions in corporate areas such as Merchandise Buying/Planning, IT, Finance and more.

Many workers choose a community college when they want to upgrade their skills or to enter a new field. It is now common for a person with a college degree to attend a community college to update work skills. Community colleges are also flexible. Nearly 50 percent of their students work full time, so they offer courses at convenient times.

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Arrow The U.S. Department of Education has a web site, Prepare for My Future, which gives you some questions you'll want to ask. There are many schools to choose from. You can use this web site to help you choose the right school to meet your career goals.

Arrow Finally, there are different certifications available via the Certification Finder.

Whatever you decide, you are in the driver's seat!

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