JWU teams up with Isle Brewers Guild for craft brewing certificate program

Updated at 11:10 a.m.

JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY has temaed up with the Isle Brewers Guild in Pawtucket to provide hands-on training as part of the school's Professional Craft Brewers Certificate program. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY has teamed up with the Isle Brewers Guild in Pawtucket to provide hands-on training as part of the school's Professional Craft Brewers Certificate program. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

PROVIDENCE – Johnson & Wales University announced that it has teamed up with the Isle Brewers Guild LLC to enhance its newly created Professional Craft Brewing Certificate program.

The program is a 22.5 credit curriculum for professionals, homebrewers and JWU undergrads and requires students to complete four 11-week courses.

Students in the program have the option of choosing between two capstone courses – a three-week course in the United Kingdom or a hybrid course with the IBG in Pawtucket.

The program launched in September on the Providence campus. A university spokeswoman said that the program’s enrollment is nearly an even split between undergraduate and nonmatriculated students. Exact enrollment numbers were not immediately available.

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“IBG offers our students the opportunity to gain experience with a powerhouse national craft brewing operation right here in Rhode Island,” Edward Korry, JWU department chair, Beverage & Dining Services, said in a statement. “This collaboration places our students side-by-side with IBG expert brewers and business minds, a signature of JWU’s experiential education.”

Two weeks of the collaborative JWU, IBG course will take place at the IBG’s brewing campus in Pawtucket, giving students hands-on experience. The first cohort at the IBG begins in early August, according to the school.

“The Isle Brewers Guild venture, from the very beginning, has always been focused on collaboration,” stated Devin Kelly, co-founder and managing partner of IBG. “Each of our brewing partners shares our overarching mission of strengthening the craft beer industry on a local, regional and national level. We thank Johnson & Wales University for giving us an opportunity to share our mission and our passion with the craft beer industry’s future leaders.”

The curriculum for the program was developed by JWU Associate Professor Jennifer D. Pereira. The program is under the school’s College of Culinary Arts and doubles as a minor for undergrad students

Chris Bergenheim is the PBN web editor.

Correction: The Professional Craft Brewing Certificate program consists of four 11-week courses.

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