Graduates of the Associate of Arts degree in Wine, Spirits & Beverage Management program have the opportunity to develop into specially-trained professionals — individuals equipped with the skills to manage the beverage component of a business. The program balances in-depth education in wines, spirits, and beverages, along with a thorough understanding and knowledge of basic culinary and management concepts. This unique education produces graduates who are true specialists in their field and who can provide a competitive advantage as part of any beverage-focused operation.
Students have the opportunity to gain a broad perspective of the culinary and management skills required to become effective beverage managers, while developing in-depth theoretical and practical expertise in alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as service etiquette, bar operation, inventory, purchasing, and cost control, as well as learning the intricacies of food and wine pairings, catering and event management. They also graduate with a comprehensive knowledge of their products and an understanding of industry trends.
Graduates with knowledge of the beverage industry and fundamental expertise in the culinary arts are ready to face contemporary challenges and to seek entry-level opportunities in the food and beverage industry. Graduates will be prepared to seek entry-level positions in careers such as Beverage/Bar Manager for a corporate or independent restaurant; Assistant Banquet Manager; Wine or Coffee Bar Assistant Manager; Assistant Food & Beverage Director; Assistant Director of Food & Beverage Purchasing; Beverage Consultant; wine buyer for a food retailer or grocery chain; Food and Beverage Assistant Trainer; Entrepreneur (Beverage Wholesaler, Importer, Distributor, Retailer); Sales Representative for a beverage wholesaler, Importer, Distributor or Producer; and Winery Tasting Room Manager.Participation in this program for those less than 21 years of age will be conducted in accordance with state law regarding the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages.