Professional Development Center
Master Your Craft
at UW Tacoma
UW Tacoma staff writer Eric Wilson-Edge sat down recently with our team to talk about Mastering Beer Styles and other craft beer courses at the Center. Read his story at the link below:
"The craft beer industry is big business. As of 2016 there were 334 craft breweries pumping millions of dollars into the Washington State economy. The growth has been rapid. Five years ago, there were only 136 craft breweries in Washington State. Despite the surge, breaking into this market can be difficult. Amateur enthusiasts face stiff competition and might not be well-versed in the specific challenges of the industry. The KeyBank Professional Development Center (PDC) at UW Tacoma has a plan to address these issues..."
Read UW Tacoma's full feature on our program here.
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Congratulations 2017 Graduates!
Congratulations to our 2017 graduates who received their certificates June 22 at the UW Tacoma KeyBank Professional Development Center certificate ceremony! We recognized 55 students who received certificates from our Fundraising Management, Contract Management, Nonprofit Management, Certified Public Manager and Human Resources Management programs.
We were honored to have you all as students, to recognize your achievements with the ceremony, and now to count you among our alumni. You are now officially eligible to join the UWAA. Become an annual member for just $30 (normally $50) or as a life member for $500 (normally $750) to receive the UWAA Grad Pack, containing your official UW Alumni license plate frame and a bundle of special savings.
Thank you, Class of 2017. And again, congratulations!
If you met her today, you’d have a hard time believing Rebekah Hand grew up in Florida. Now living in Fircrest, Wash., with her husband, three sons and their bulldog Mudge, Hand has all the characteristics of a native Pacific Northwesterner. She wishes she had more time for exploring the outdoors, but finds plenty of fulfillment keeping up with her family. And like most of us, she’s a big fan of Star Wars and local craft beer. Hand fits-in one other way, as well: she’s ambitious.
Despite having a good idea of what she wanted to do, Hand wasn’t sure how to get there. After nearly a decade in the retail world, switching fields seemed impossible. Even though Hand was skilled enough to receive several interviews for HR positions, she was never able to land a position. Deciding she needed something to help build the bridge over her career change, she started considering courses at the UW-Tacoma KeyBank Professional Development Center.
In 2014, while continuing her position as an associate store manager at Pottery Barn, Hand enrolled in the center’s Human Resources Management Certificate program. Delivered over nine months, this program is designed for the professional who want to either enter the field of HR or learn the advanced skills necessary to advance to the next level. Read the full story.
Mastering Beer Styles: Exploration and Evaluation is the KeyBank PDC’s first venture into the world of craft beer. According to the Brewer’s Association, there are nearly 4,300 craft breweries operating in the U.S. That number is only growing, and Tacoma’s thriving beer culture is a testament to that. Looking to serve the growing body of craft beer professionals, this course is designed to take students on an exploration through the world of beer.
At the helm of the course’s first iteration is BJCP Master Judge Trevor Nichol. Nichol is an industry veteran, knows beer much better than anyone at The Center, and took some time recently to answer some of our questions. Read the full story.