Local colleges offer craft brewing certificate

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SAN DIEGO – Two local universities announced they will offer professional certificate programs in craft beer.

University of California San Diego has developed an 18 – 24 month program to educate and train people for the growing microbrew industry.

Local colleges offer craft brewing certificate“The intention of the program is to provide San Diego with qualified applicants since there are so many jobs popping up in this industry,” program manager Teresa Poole said. “The realization is that people need this training.”

The curriculum for UCSD Extension brewing program will have three parts – the science of brewing, the business of brewing and an internship.

Poole said students will get hands-on instruction inside of micro-breweries instead of traditional classrooms.

It won’t be a cakewalk, class sizes are small so students have to apply and meet a number of prerequisites like math, calculus, chemistry and biology.

“It’s a well-respected science and art,” Poole said. “I think it’s becoming even more recognized as an educational field.”

SDSU will unveil a similar six class program this fall and UC Davis has had a craft brewing program for decades.