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Spring 2024 Community Education Career Development Courses

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New Program launching Spring 2024!
Culinary Cannabis Microcredential

For more information, please contact Danielle Sloan at 518-289-4467 or

SUNY Schenectady’s non-credit Culinary Cannabis Microcredential is designed to provide the region with entry-level (culinary cannabis) food service employees. Must be 21 years of age or older to enroll. Courses within this microcredential include:

March 2024: Culinary Cannabis and Edibles is a staple of the cannabis in culinary arts program, designed to demystify the mathematics of culinary cannabis and detail how variations in potency of food and beverages are created using various methods of infusion, concentrates, and extractions. Likewise, students will be introduced to the endocannabinoid system, aroma profiles of terpenes, and learn how to obtain the desired effects of different plant strains. Students taking this online course will become trained and certified in ServSafe food sanitation and safety techniques, as well as appropriate cooking and storing methods. Upon completion of the course, students will be well-prepared to take the American Culinary Federation's Specialized Certificate in Culinary Cannabis and Edibles exam. This is a prerequisite for the Culinary Cannabis is Sweet and Culinary Cannabis is Savory classes. Register for Culinary Cannabis and Edibles.

Dates TBD: Culinary Cannabis is Sweet explores the creation of delicious treats using cannabis and CBD, including chocolates, pastries, ice cream, sugar-based confections, and beverages. Students exploring the sweet side of cannabis in culinary arts leverage food sanitation and safety techniques, learn how to source fresh and certified ingredients, use appropriate cooking and storing methods, and develop menus based on flavor profiles and potency, with an understanding of cumulative effect. Upon completion of the course, students will be well positioned to pursue a culinary career with a specialty in cannabis confections.

Dates TBD: Culinary Cannabis is Savory explores the creation of delectable savory foods prepared using cannabis and CBD, such as infused appetizers, entrees, sauces, and dressings. Students immersed in this exploration of cannabis in culinary arts will learn appropriate cooking and storing methods, as well as how to safely source cannabis ingredients, ensure proper dosing, develop flavor profiles, and partake in menu development for infused foods and drinks. Upon completion of the course, students will be well-positioned to pursue a culinary career with a specialty in the preparation of savory cannabis items.

Introduction to Craft Brewing and Distilling

This class will be offered again in the Fall 2024 semester.
For more information, please contact Maria Kotary at 518-595-1101, ext. 4 or

Mondays and Wednesdays
6:30-9 p.m.
CFP 215-01  
Fee: $1,750

Fee is inclusive of tuition, books and lab fees. Financial assistance available for qualified candidates. 

This course provides a basic understanding of brewing and distillation skills, working in a manufacturing environment, safety, and microbiology. Topics covered include: brewing science, beer maturation and storage, beer processing and packaging, quality and process control, plant safety and sanitation, malting, mashing, brewing, fermentation, finishing, and distillation basics. This course will consist of lecture and lab training in the classroom and at regional breweries. In addition to directed studies, students will enhance their brewing knowledge through assigned reading and writing exercises and visits to local breweries. The goal of this course is to provide a pool of trained, entry level brewers in the growing craft beer industry. This course is developed and overseen by regional breweries and distillers. Students must be 18 years of age or older.