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SAN DIEGO — It’s every college student’s dream to have their tuition covered by drinking beer, but that’s the offer on the table through the UC San Diego Extension’s Brewing program.

Two scholarships are being given out in the next few weeks. The certification program costs $5000 – half of which will be covered by Karl Strauss Brewing Company, the other half covered by UC San Diego.

“It’s a scholarship to help the industry in San Diego,” said Peter Thomas, Associate Director of the program.

picYuseff Cherney is the Head Brewer and COO of Ballast Point.  He is also an instructor for the program which is only about a year old.

“There are so many jobs that are associated with breweries now,” said Cherney from inside the Ballast Point tasting room in Little Italy. “It’s not just about opening up a brewery.”

He said the industry needs graphic designers, truck drivers, engineers, architects, and automation controllers just to name a few.

Ed O’Sullivan will complete the certification this summer and plans to open his own brewery called O’Sullivan Bros. Brewing Co.  He said it offers a tremendous networking opportunity with well known local brewers.

“We have that opportunity to interact with them,” said O’Sullivan. “It’s just fantastic.”

The brewing courses offer in depth education on the fermenting process and how beer is made.  It also involves science and technology courses.  Applying for the program and the scholarships require proof of certain prerequisites in math and science.  There is a heavily emphasized  essay portion.

“We want to hear that personal voice come through and a real strong desire to contribute to this industry which is so vital here in San Diego,” said Peter Thomas.

The deadline to apply is February 21st. For more information on the program and to apply click here. 

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