Merchandising Student Spotlight

Merchandising Student Spotlight

Val Wedeking, visual merchandiser at Von Maur

Val Wedeking headshot"The GP IDEA program allows me to continue my career by working full-time and completing coursework at my convenience each week. I like the flexibility of this online program!"

Adam Ojeda, trademark and licensing manager at Northern Arizona University

Adam Ojeda headshot"I love the variety of collegiate retail as no two brands are ever the same, which makes every day feel like a different experience."

"Although there are many reputable programs available throughout the country, GP IDEA allows me to receive the same caliber of education from the comfort of my home and around my schedule. There is also the added benefit and value of being able to learn from educators and professionals representing a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and geographical locations. You simply wouldn't get that level of diversity from a residential program."

Carrie Cuevas, buying specialist at Adidas

Carrie Cuevas headshot"I spent about a year researching and figuring out what I was looking for in a master's program. The GP IDEA program offered it all and it has been great taking courses from different universities. By opening up to a network of students, I have been able to learn alongside a wider range of backgrounds and gain a larger insight on the market than I would have at just one university."

Chelsea Moyers, pricing and merchandising process analyst at Pilot Flying J

Chelsea Moyers headshot"I always knew I wanted to pursue a graduate degree in merchandising, but I was unsure how I would do that and also grow my career. I came upon the GP IDEA Merchandising Program after weeks of research and loved the idea of being able to complete my classwork and also go to work Monday through Friday."

Emily Thome, sales analyst for Dickies

Emily Thome headshot"I chose the Great Plains IDEA Merchandising program because all of the schools within the network are known for their successful merchandising programs. I also like that the GRE wasn't required, so the shorter application process allowed me to apply when the time was right for me. I also like that it's totally online, so no matter where I live, the classes are accessible to me and allow me to also have my full-time position."

Kara Pelton, store manager for Kohl's

Kara Pelton headshot"The GP IDEA program has helped me build confidence in relationship building with senior leaders, and it also has given me a better perspective into global retail issues affecting the entire industry."

"As a busy executive, I wanted an online program where I was able to complete my coursework without interfering with my daily responsibilities. The GP IDEA program also offers courses and perspectives from multiple universities which provided me opportunities to connect with and learn from professors and students across the United States."

Piper Jensen, digital channel specialist at Border States Electric in Fargo, ND

Piper Jensen headshot"While looking for a graduate program, the two biggest factors I considered were flexibility and coursework. The GP IDEA Merchandising degree fit my criteria perfectly as it allowed me to do my work online and at my own pace, while also offering classes I found relevant and interesting."

"I am extremely thankful for my time in this program as it has helped me take on new and larger tasks at work as well as feel more confident in my role."

Chardia Mason, regional merchandise coordinator for G-III Apparel Group which includes DKNY, Calvin Klein, and Tommy Hilfiger

Chardia Mason headshot"I am pursuing a career transition in the retail industry through the GP IDEA Masters in Merchandising program. My goal is to enroll in a Ph.D. program upon completion of my master's degree. Teaching and developing future retail and fashion industry professionals is my long-term goal. I plan to be actively involved in helping department and specialty stores evolve through sustainability and increased omni channel initiatives."

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