FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 3, 2013
Contact: Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419
Natalie Pineiro, 908-527-4035


Union County Choices Program to Offer Information Session on Free Job Training in Retail Operations Sept 10th and 12th


Union County – In continuation with the Union County Choices Program, the next series of information sessions on free job training will be offered next Tuesday, September 10th from 2:00-3:00 p.m. and Thursday, September 12th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at Union County College’s Elizabeth Campus, located at 40 West Jersey St.

This round of sessions will focus on the Retail Operations course, a program that will prepare participants to master the areas of skill and knowledge needed to be successful in a frontline retail position.

The five part course offers content in the areas of Customer Service, Selling and Service, Store Operations, and Getting the Job, and will teach participants about the following essential concepts as they pertain to the retail industry:

  • The economics of retail
  • The importance of training
  • Reviewing and understanding sales goals
  • The importance and function of loss prevention, inventory control and merchandising

Upon completion, participants will be prepared to sit for the Customer Service and Sales Certification tests.

The Union County Choices program, which is one of Freeholder Linda Carter’s initiatives as Chairman of the Board, is geared towards providing a range of skills and sector training to eligible job seekers in Union County’s priority economic development sectors. Through its partnership with Union County College, the program recently began its first round of training in the Healthcare sector in July, and will be starting its Global Logistics Associate Certification program this month.

The Retail Operations information session is free of charge to attend, and walk-ins are welcome although pre-registration is preferred. To register, or for more information on the Union County Choices program, please contact Gina Tuesta at gtuesta@ucnj.org; for registration purposes, please include your name, contact information and email address.

In addition to attending the information session, to be considered for the Union County Choices program candidates must have a high school diploma or GED, take the TABE test and score at 8th grade level or above, be WIA eligible and complete a criminal background check prior to the start of the training program.

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