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Mastering Beer Styles: Exploration and Evaluation

Classes start March 2017

Learn the history of beer, brewing basics and the nuances of what you are drinking. Whether you are an aficionado, home brewer or a professional - we'll help raise your skills and a glass! Taught by Master Beer Judge Trevor Nichol, one of only 130 master-ranked judges worldwide, this 10-week course is designed to take you on an exploration through the world of beer at a professional level.

This immersive experience, including field trips to local breweries, will cover the topics included in industry standard exam certifications such as the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) and Cicerone. Whether it’s understanding the essentials of brewing to the color and mouth-feel of a Trappist ale versus a German wheat beer and which serving glass brings out their characteristics best – there is a lot to learn and share.

We’re excited to launch this new program that reflects the growth of the craft beer industry in the South Puget Sound region, including Tacoma’s burgeoning “Brewery District.”

Monday evenings 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM at UW Tacoma and participating partners.
03/20/2017 - 05/22/2017
40 hours over 10 weeks. $599 plus $10 registration fee.  

Attention Entrepreneurs: VIBE to host first business plan competition at UW-Tacoma

Our partners at the Veterans Incubator for Better Entrepreneurship (VIBE) are hosting their first-ever business plan competition this spring, offering veterans, students and community members a chance to compete for a cash prize and in-kind services. Based at the university, VIBE’s mission is to harness and enhance local business talent. If you have that talent, this competition is an excellent opportunity to showcase it. Any registered student with the KeyBank Professional Development Center is eligible for participation. VIBE is hosting an open house Feb. 10, and the deadline for entry is March 24.

Read more about VIBE’s business plan competition here.

2016 Corporate Gold Star Award

We thank KeyBank for its support of UW Tacoma’s mission to educate diverse learners and transform communities by expanding the boundaries of knowledge and discovery.


The KeyBank Professional Development Center is a joint venture between the South Puget Sound community and the University of Washington Tacoma to extend the resources of the university to the community. The center works with educational providers to offer a broad array of continuing education opportunities for public and private sector professionals and organizations in a range of disciplines.

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