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Get a taste for what's new with GRCC's craft brewing program

July 21, 2023 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Learn about Grand Rapids Community College’s newly revamped craft brewing program through one of several virtual open houses this summer. 

Those attending the open houses can meet the faculty, “tour” GRCC’s Fountain Hill Brewery and get their questions answered. In addition to basic information about the program, the open houses will cover courses that program leaders recently added to the curriculum after feedback from alumni and industry professionals. 

“Our new classes focus on science and quality control, as well as expanding on brewing industry topics like packaging and regulations,” said assistant professor Allison Hoekstra. 

Financial aid and scholarship opportunities will be covered during the open houses, which are also open to program alumni seeking to expand their skills with the new classes, she said.

“We’re always following West Michigan’s craft brewing industry to make sure we’re providing students with the skills they need for success,” Hoekstra said, adding that there is still time to enroll for the fall semester.

The open houses are set for 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays from July 25 to Aug. 22. Those who are interested can sign up online. Once you’ve registered, a program advisor will be in touch with login information and other details. If you can’t attend one of the Tuesday sessions, go to the online link and someone from the program will reach out to set up a time for you to tour the brewery.

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