The Craft Beer Brewing certificate program is a 28 credit hour program designed to prepare students for immediate employment or ongoing education. Students gain both theoretical and practical experience related to the craft beer brewing industry in North America. Graduates are well qualified to assume a variety of responsible roles in craft beer breweries including brewer, brewing operator, packaging, quality control, sales and marketing, tasting room manager, event and tour manager, and distribution.
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 SUNY 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.