101 WRIF Offers Scholarship to Schoolcraft College To Earn Certificate in Brewing and Distillation Technology

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WRIF announces contest for listeners to become "The RIFF Brewer" and earn a chance at scholarship to Schoolcraft College's Brewing and Distillation Technology Program to learn craft brewing skills.

The RIFF Brewer

Become The RIFF Brewer at Schoolcraft College

Virtually all of the students who complete the Schoolcraft College program with the intent of working in the brewing industry have landed jobs upon graduation.

With craft beer sales exploding across the U.S., more and more small breweries and brew pubs are cropping up everywhere. And a local community college offers a certificate program that enables beer lovers to turn their passion into a career in this expanding industry.

Schoolcraft College’s Brewing and Distillation Technology program has seen an influx of students who are interested in increasing their chances for a brewing career by earning a 24-credit hour certificate that was designed with direct input from brewing professionals.

The program’s popularity and success has also attracted the attention of FM rock radio station 101 WRIF in Detroit, who is offering its listeners and beer lovers a full scholarship to Schoolcraft College to earn a certificate in Brewing and Distillation Technology and gain the credentials needed to forge a career in the brewing and brewpub industry. The search for the person who will become “The Riff Brewer” begins with applications being accepted by 101 WRIF from August 21 through October 9 online at https://goo.gl/pf1jVs

The radio station’s staff will eventually pick the Top 5 candidates and 101 WRIF will do a video interview with each of the final candidates to hear their story on why they think they should be The Riff Brewer and win the Schoolcraft College scholarship.

According to Thomas Block, the director of the Brewing and Distillation program at Schoolcraft College, the curriculum in the certificate program gives students a well-rounded education in the areas of brewing and distillation, and include courses on Brewing Science, Beer Styles and Flavors, Brewhouse Operations and Technology, Beverage Management and Service and Marketing to name a few. This top-notch curriculum also helps graduates from the program secure jobs in the brewing industry.

“Virtually all of the students who complete the program with the intent of working in the brewing industry have landed jobs upon graduation,” Block said. “Those jobs range from assistant and head brewer positions, cellar person jobs and sales for craft brewers. And while most are local, we also have graduates working in the industry out-of-state in places like Nashville and Washington, D.C. “

The beers brewed by students in the program have won a number of awards, including from the Beer Army Beer Wars, World Expo of Beer and the US Open College Beer Championship. The beers are also served at Schoolcraft College’s award-winning American Harvest Restaurant that is operated by students in the Culinary Arts program and are available to be purchased by the community in six-packs and growlers.

And this fall, the college will open a brew pub to feature the 10 beers that are brewed by students in the Brewing and Distillation Technology program.

For more information on Schoolcraft College’s Brewing and Distillation program, go to http://www.schoolcraft.edu/brewing.

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Frank Ruggirello, Jr. Executive Director of Marketing & Advancement Schoolcraft College
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