San Diego, California (PRWEB) April 06, 2013
San Diego State University will offer several summer courses in its Professional Certificate in the Business of Wine program through its College of Extended Studies that has helped numerous students find jobs in the wine industry.
To earn the certificate, students must take a total of nine courses which include the core courses: Exploring Wine, Wine Making Behind the Scenes, Wine and Food Pairing, and Business Opportunities in the Wine Industry. Students must also complete five electives to include three intensive courses.
“Many of my students have gone on to start their own business,” says instructor Lisa Redwine, the second woman in San Diego County to become an advanced sommelier, which is the second-highest distinction possible by the Court of Sommeliers.
Lori Loré and her husband Anthony are an example of what can transpire with students. They enrolled in the Business of Wine Certificate program because they wanted to open their own wine bar.
The couple now owns a business called WineSmileys. “The SDSU Business of Wine Certificate program helped us prepare to train and educate as wine professionals who offer personable and memorable wine-tasting experiences,” Lori Loré says.
There is certainly need for more employees in the U.S. wine industry. Time magazine reports that the U.S. now comprises the biggest chunk of the global wine market, drinking 13% of the world’s wine.
Some SDSU Professional Certificate in the Business of Wine students have taken the program for pleasure then had it lead to a profitable career in the industry.
Eddie Zavestoski was just out of college when he decided to be adventuresome and take the Business of Wine certificate program. Little did he know that it would lead to him becoming a tasting room sales lead in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, where he attributes his career to the SDSU wine program.
“The certificate program instructors work in the business and are very knowledgeable,” Zavestoski said. “They are very willing to answer questions. They make sure everything is clear.”
These comprehensive certificate courses are geared for professionals and entrepreneurs in the wine, food, and hospitality fields who want to quickly expand their knowledge of wine topics. The certificate is directed to: restaurant owners and staff, winery employees, event planners, distribution and retail sales employees, wine bar owners and staff, anyone interested in moving into wine or hospitality careers, and wine enthusiasts who desire a professional level education.
“Employers in the wine industry prefer to interview job candidates who possess a solid understanding of the basics within their field,” said Joe Shapiro, dean of SDSU’s College of Extended Studies. “We continue to strive and make sure that a Professional Certificate in the Business of Wine from SDSU’s College of Extended Studies will provide our graduates with the best opportunities for employment.”
The College is an approved provider for “education to career” funding through San Diego Workforce Partnership, Military Spouse, and Veterans benefits. For more information concerning the military benefits, call (619) 594-3047.
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