Top College in Pittsburgh for Learning Retail Management

School and Ranking Information

There are only two schools within a 50-mile radius of Pittsburgh that provide retail management programs, including a for-profit and a private, not-for-profit institution. Based on student-to-faculty ratio and hands-on training opportunities, the following school is considered a top institution for learning retail management in the Pittsburgh area:

  • Winner: The Commonwealth Technical Institute at the Hiram G. Andrews Center is located in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, approximately 50 miles from Pittsburgh. It is a not-for-profit school that offers a diploma in retailing.

Category Commonwealth Technical Institute
Location Johnstown, Pennsylvania
School Type 2-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergrad: $16,836*
Retail Management Awards Offered Diploma
Retail Management Diplomas Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013 8*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class 62%*
Noteworthy Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)

Source: *U.S. News and World Report

Commonwealth Technical Institute

  • 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Students have the opportunity to gain hands-on retail experience in school store
  • Students are provided with individual workstations and any adaptive tools they may require

Commonwealth Technical Institute at the Hiram G. Andrews Center is a 2-year, private post-secondary trade and technical school. This school has a total enrollment of about 200 undergraduate students and primarily serves students with disabilities in a barrier-free environment. In addition to rehabilitation services, it provides interactive job-skills training, vocational evaluation, career exploration services, independent living skills training and educational programs. The institute offers six degree and ten diploma programs in fields such as architectural drafting, business retail management and computer service technology.

The Diploma in Business Retail Sales program provides students with a fundamental knowledge of retail and wholesale operations, as well as entry-level skills for positions in customer service, retail sales and telemarketing. Students learn to make correct change, follow instructions and operate calculators, cash registers and computers. The curriculum consists of 16 courses, which are offered over a span of three academic terms. Students must complete courses in keyboarding, cash register basics, material handling, customer relations, retail operations, record keeping, e-commerce, merchandising and record keeping.

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