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    Up to the Bar on College- and Career-Ready

    by Susan Ohanian

    The New York Times reprinted this Associated Press Story in their Business Section.

    Universities Offers Classes for Those Interested in Beer


    With the craft beer industry growing rapidly over the last decade, more universities are offering online programs about the business side of craft beer. In the last decade, according to the Brewers Association, the number of craft breweries has grown to more than 4,000 in the United States today, from around 1,400 in 2005. Universities that have or are starting beer-business programs include the University of Vermont, San Diego State, and Portland State and the University of Portland in Oregon. As the industry becomes more competitive, the bar has been raised for those starting a brewery or working for one. Scott Gallagher, Portland StateΓΆ€™s director of communications, said: "It's not all about brewing and drinking beer. There's a lot of business behind it as well, and that's usually what they're lacking."

    Raising the bar just strikes me as an unfortunate metaphor in such a context: As the industry becomes more competitive, the bar has been raised for those starting a brewery or working for one.

    On the other hand, the next time you hear those corporate-politicized educationists prattling on about "raising the bar" on college- and career-ready, you can shout out for a craft beer.

    A few months ago, the University of Vermont announced its new Craft Beer Certificate Program.

    If you are thinking about a career in the craft beer industry, now is the time.

    The Business of Craft Beer Certificate Program was developed in collaboration with the Vermont Brewers Association. It is an ideal fit if you are looking for a career change or advancement, or have dreamed about opening your own brewery and want to make it a reality. This program will provide you with industry specific knowledge directly from craft beer experts across the country.


    Start Date: February 16, 2016

    Duration: 12 -- 24 weeks

    Learning Format: Online

    Accreditation: Professional Certificate

    Package Price: $4,390 (see Tuition page for details)

    Note: The program requires students to be 21 years of age or older.

    Federal financial and institutional aid for this professional certificate programs is not available, but it is approved for funding through the GI Bill and through the Vermont Department of Labor.

    If you doubt that this is a big topic in Vermont, take a look at this map of Vermont breweries. Whether they will benefit from a University imprimatur is open for discussion.

    — Susan Ohanian
    January 04, 2016

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