EDISON, NJ - Edison High School students will now be able to prepare for a future in a supermarket or other retail career thanks to a new partnership with the high school and Wakefern Food Corporation.

The course, designed to teach students lifelong foundational competencies, will also assist them in gaining entry level positions. 

One feature of this program is the creation of a live ShopRite supermarket store within the high school and operated by the students. Approximately 15 students are training and preparing for the store’s Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Oct. 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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“Skills, such as retail operations, appropriate dress and hygiene, customer service, merchandising and stocking, cashiering, food safety, nutrition, security and maintenance will also assist them throughout their chosen career path. These skills will be developed through classroom instruction and demonstrated, as well as refined, through their performance in the operation of our live store,” said Nancy Sica, supervisor for Pupil-Special Services.

“It is a full-year course led by high school teacher Vincent Vitiello and supported by classroom paraprofessionals and the transition specialist, Holly Clark, under my direct supervision. Additionally the district's superintendent, Dr. Richard O'Malley, Assistant Superintendent Christopher Conklin, Chief Academic Officer Margaret Deluca and building Principal Charles Ross fully support this new program,” Sica said.

The ShopRite store is student driven and the intent is to hold the “student store associates” accountable to the same standards as they would be held in a real grocery store or other retail/business environment.

“Students in the course have already demonstrated their dedication and hard work.  They are engaged in the learning process and have contributed thoughtful and relevant ideas to make the store the best it can be. They are truly invested in this program and are really excited for our upcoming grand opening,” said Sica.

Sica said, “Just as rewarding has been the interest of those not directly involved in the program. Students in the hallways stop to ask our 'student store associates' and the instructor questions. Although not yet open, staff has stopped in and our student store associates have been more than happy to greet them and offer a brief tour of our store.”

For further information about the program and the ribbon-cutting ceremony, contact christine.vardaro@edison.k12.nj.us.