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Junior Merchant Program Courses

The Junior Merchant Program (JMP) courses are designed to prepare high school students for successful futures in the retail and supplier industry. View the types of courses offered within the program below:

College Credit Courses

An orientation to the terminology and application of computers and the Internet. Commercial software packages will include Windows, word processing, spreadsheet, business presentations and database applications.

This course is designed to increase understanding of the principles of effective
public speaking. Students will study, develop and deliver various types of speeches and participate in course-related classroom interactions.

Guiding the student through the process of writing with regular practice and analysis of effective writing, this first course of the composition sequence emphasizes the writing of clear, concise, developed academic prose.

An overview of the fundamental concepts of algebra with an emphasis on functions and equation solving. Functions and equations covered will include (but are not limited to) absolute value, square root, polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic. 

 Advanced utilization of Windows-based spreadsheet software used in the production of business-related spreadsheets using financial and mathematical functions. 


Career Credit Courses

 An overview of the retail industry and an introduction to "a day in the life" of a Walmart supplier. Students will gain understanding of retail terminology and take a store tour, conducting analytic comparisons of product. 

 An introduction to Retail Link with a focus on Decision Support and report building, as well as Retail Analytics, Retail Math, the Supply Chain, OTIF and GRS. 

 Students will gain an understanding of the buyer and seller roles and responsibilities. They will explore product development, sourcing and imports, and selling to retailers. 

 Students will participate in a Retail industry internship and give a final presentation. 


More About  Courses:

  • Classroom courses will take place twice a week.
  • Courses may be substituted based on the types of courses students have taken.
  • Some high schools may have funds to support cost of materials for the program.
  • Earn 15 college credit hours, transferable to participating universities.
  • 27 College credit hours recognized at NWACC (toward AAS in Business Management - Retail)