Craft Brewing Program At CWU Recruiting Students
Craft brewing. It's hot in the Yakima Valley and a lot of people want to know how to do it. Central Washington University has a craft brewing program that stopped recruiting students earlier this year. But recently the College of the Sciences gave the program the green light to seek new enrollment for 2021.
A news release says "one of the reasons for the reprieve was a big show of support from the Northwest craft brewing industry - specifically from Central Washington. The program offers the only four-year craft-brewing degree on the West Coast."
Director Eric Graham says program has a “greater than 100% placement rate” because they can barely keep up with the recent surge in hops research and craft brewing jobs around the region.
Graham says "the program has trained dozens of qualified professionals since the four-year degree was introduced in 2016, including three hops research scientists who were recently hired at John I. Haas in Yakima."