Carts to Careers

Carts to Careers (CTC) is a multi-pronged approach to expanding the food industry’s workforce. The Minnesota Grocers Association Foundation, along with the State of Minnesota, provides tuition support for classes completed for the specific purpose of furthering employees’ current career or providing educational opportunities for a new career in the food industry of Minnesota.

  • Develops key foundational skills with immediate workplace application
  • Builds confidence and significantly increases level of engagement
  • Prepares Minnesotans to take on leadership roles within the industry

Strengthens workforce for a viable food industry in the state of Minnesota

Carts to Careers funding may be used for any education or training as it relates to the food industry. Examples include:

  • Non-college-credit leadership/management training
  • Accounting certification programs
  • Baking/Pastry certificates
  • CDL licensing
  • Meat cutting training
  • And more…

To apply, simply fill out this application:


CTC Retail Management Certificate

One great program that the Carts to Careers initiative supports is the Retailer Management Certificate (RMC), which is run by Alexandria Technical & Community College. It is an online, nationally recognized, industry-endorsed, 8-course education certificate. The RMC is an accredited business education program and most participants complete in two years or less. The program is designed to meet the educational requirements of the food industry and provide valuable skills in all area of business.

Participants in the Retail Management Certificate Program gain valuable skills in all areas of business:

  • Customer Service & Organizational Behavior
  • Business Technology/Computer Skills
  • Business and Interpersonal Communications
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Financial Management & Budgeting
  • Principles of Management
  • Retail Management

To apply, fill out this application

Class Information

Contact Karen Connolly with any questions:
651-228-0973 or 1-800-966-8352