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New Central Washington University program teaches brewing biz

on 21/02/11 at 11:33 am


Kelsy Bennett of Ellensburg enjoys drinking microbrews. But after enrolling in a new certificate program at Central Washington University, she wants to turn her passion into a career.

“I would love to have my own brewery some day,” gushed the 25-year-old biology major, who works as a server at Iron Horse Brewery. “The more I learn, the more I want to know. … I’d like to appeal to the female demographic. It’s a largely untapped market.”

Because of the rapid growth of Washington’s craft brewing industry, Central created a 16-credit certificate program on the subject last fall. Through the interdisciplinary program, students learn about the science, technology, sales and merchandising aspects of the business — arming themselves with knowledge that could lead to jobs.

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