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Posted on 07/23/13

Jul 23, 2013, 5:18pm EDT

Rockingham Community College brewing program OK'd

Matt Evans


Reporter- The Business Journal

The State Board of Community Colleges has given the final approval for Rockingham Community College to launch its Brewing, Distillation and Fermentation degree program, according to an announcement from the school.

As The Business Journal reported in March, the program is intended to support the craft brewing industry and others in the region and is one of, if not the first, of its kind for a community college in the U.S., according to college officials.

“Rockingham County is uniquely situated and suited for this venture,” said Michael Helmick, RCC's president. “Rockingham County’s farmland could be used to grow hops as well as certain other crops for ‘green’ fuels and it already has in place a major beer processing plant, a bottling supply company and a manufacturer of distilled spirits. With all the options available to students, the future for our graduates should be very bright.”

The college will hold a grand opening Aug. 8 for its Center for Brewing Sciences in Eden, which will provide a lab site for students. More information on the program is available by calling (336) 342-4261, ext. 2333.

Matt Evans covers technology, entrepreneurship, higher education and financial services. Contact him at (336) 370-2916.

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