Kwantlen Polytechnic University launches beer-brewing diploma
With the increase of craft breweries across B.C., one post-secondary institution is launching the province’s first beer-focused diploma. Starting September, Kwantlen Polytechnic University will offer a two-year Brewing and Brewing Operations program at its Langley campus.
“We are so excited to be offering the first brewing diploma program in B.C.,” Elizabeth Worobec, dean of the faculty of science and horticulture at KPU, stated in a recent news release. “Along with practical hands-on training, we’ll be giving students a solid background in the science behind brewing craft beer, including the chemistry and microbiology involved in the process. It’s this much-needed expertise that graduates will bring to the province’s brewing industry.”
The program, which has room for 35 students, will include hands-on training in beer brewing, packaging, business, and communication strategies. Students will also hear experts from the B.C. Craft Brewers Guild and Master Brewers Association of Canada in guest lectures, and gain real-world experience working at local breweries.
“KPU’s brewing program is going to be a great boost to the prestige and legitimacy of B.C.’s brewing industry,” Nick Bolton of Big Ridge Brewing Co., stated in the news release. “I think that with the amount of breweries starting up across the province, combined with the training provided by this course, we are going to find that B.C. could quickly start becoming Canada’s brewing capital.”
Admission to the program includes general university requirements, a letter or interest and résumé, and that the student is 19 years of age by the first day of class.