The Craft Beer Brewing A.A.S. degree program prepares students for direct employment in the fast growing beverage industry providing an in-depth practical and theoretical approach to craft beer brewing. Courses include: Craft Brewing Operations, Beers of the World, Craft Beer Production I and II, as well as Fundamentals of Beer and Brewing, Beverage Sales and Merchandising and Inventory/Warehousing Management. The production courses will take place in a brewery setting that involves producing beers in scale to the equipment. The program further equips students with the necessary math and science ability to gain employment. A hands-on internship rounds out the curriculum.
SUNY Schenectady also offers a Craft Beer Brewing Certificate program.
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Jay Larkin, Assistant Professor
“The craft beverage industry has gained national attention for creating a large workforce need in several areas to support continued growth. The State of New York has increased funding in several areas that are directly impacted by craft beverage including agriculture, hospitality and tourism, and production. With that funding comes an increased need for capable employees to support the ever growing renown of New York State products.
SUNY Schenectady's Craft Brewing Certificate and Associates Degree are both poised to provide any segment of the industry with highly trained candidates with hands on knowledge. These students will be well versed in the history, trends and development of the highest quality products to set New York State beverages apart from all others.”
Jay Larkin holds an A.A.S. in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Schenectady County Community College and a B.S. in Restaurant, Hotel, Institutional, and Tourism Management from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. He is a HCI TIPS Certified Instructor and the lead instructor for the Craft Beer Brewing programs.