The Secchia Institute for Culinary Education has developed this certificate in response to the industry’s growing hiring needs. Grand Rapids, now known as Beer City USA, has seen rapid industry growth at rates exceeding 50 percent per year. These breweries and brew pub operations are seeking to hire skilled personnel to run the brewing and food service operations, as well as manufacture product.
GRCC will prepare students with courses that include extensive hands-on laboratory and operational experiences in our student-operated brewing company and tap room. Our comprehensive program also includes fieldwork experiences and an internship at a brewery or brewing-related operation. Course topics include brewing, fermentation principles, packaging, labeling, merchandising, marketing and operations management — including laws and tax regulations — and much more.