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NRF helping retail employees RISE UP

By Gina Acosta - 06/08/2018
The NRF Foundation and over 30 retailers have come together to launch RISE Up – a new program offering training and credentials that help entry-level job seekers develop meaningful careers.

The NRF Foundation is ramping up its efforts to connect retailers with qualified candidates.

The foundation has hired Shana Treger as director of learning and credentials in a new position for the National Retail Federation’s philanthropic arm. 

The announcement comes after the organization named a new president, Ellen Davis, in March and launched a new employee training program in 2017 called RISE UP. Treger will oversee development and expansion of educational materials for the foundation’s RISE UP program.

“As the nation’s largest private-sector employer, retailers embrace their role in helping millions of Americans learn transferable skills they can lean on the rest of their career,” NRF Foundation President Ellen Davis said. “From customer service skills to digital proficiency to merchandising concepts, our industry is committed to the development of millions of people in our workforce, and those looking for employment. As we expand the scope of RISE UP credentials and rapidly scale the program across the nation to reach tens of thousands of people, adding a leader with deep expertise in curriculum development and instructional design will be an invaluable asset to our team and the people we can impact.”

Treger will be responsible for maintaining the relevance of the Foundation’s existing suite of credentials, creating new learning programs and contributing to the Foundation’s initiatives to provide resources that prepare people for retail jobs that lead to promising careers. She will identify and establish partnerships with key stakeholders to create objectives, programs, products and offerings that align with the retail industry’s workforce needs and meet the needs of a diverse set of training delivery partners and job seekers.

Treger previously directed professional education initiatives from planning to implementation for the education arm of the National Apartment Association. She has 15 years of experience growing professional education programs by as much as 250 percent while bridging crucial gaps between technical teams, creative workers and subject-matter experts. Treger has managed a variety of education projects ranging from mobile apps for blended learning to meetings and national conferences.


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