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Athletic and Outdoor Product Management

As popularity and demand grow in outdoor technical apparel and merchandise, highly skilled product managers are needed to fill local and international outdoor industry jobs. 

There’s no better place to get your Athletic and Outdoor education than in Portland, Oregon, the home of some of the world’s most successful athletic and outdoor apparel companies: Nike, Adidas, Columbia, and KEEN. In fact, Oregon employs more than 14,000 professionals in the outdoor recreation industry. 

Portland State University's innovative Athletic and Outdoor Product Management program can help you break into or advance your career in the industry by focusing on the skills necessary to thrive in this competitive marketplace, from product planning, strategy, and sourcing to branding, retail metrics, sustainability, and merchandising-whether your focus be on outdoor clothing, footwear, or tools.

Our instructors include Jennifer Nolfi (PSU), Mitch Menendez and Matt Bolte (Nike), Will Sandman (Avery Dennison), and Jordan Delapour (North), and each course features a diverse array of guest speakers, and previously they have included presenters from Nike, adidas, Columbia Sportswear, Gerber Gear, Wieden+Kennedy, SOREL, and Facebook.

5 Required Certificate Courses:

Certificate Cost: $2175

Program Snapshot:

5 15-hour courses (typically 5 evenings each, 6-9 pm)
Offered 1 time a year (fall/winter)
Can be completed in as little as 2 terms
Must be completed within 3 years
Instructors regularly bring in guest speakers

Interested in bringing this program to your organization? Contact Michelle Giovannozzi.

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Courses can be taken individually or can be applied to a certificate within a three-year limit. Courses completed outside of the three-year limit will need to be retaken to qualify for certificate completion.