For those who have an interest in the art of cocktails or an appreciation for fine wine and beer, Sullivan University’s National Center for Hospitality Studies (NCHS) now offers an associate-of-science degree in beverage management. Courses for the beverage-management degree are administered online, making the program accessible for students all over the country, and the entire curriculum can be completed in as little as 18 months. The program is directed by Albert Schmid, M.A., CCP, CHE, CFBE, MCFE, CCE, CEC, COI, author of The Hospitality Manager’s Guide to Wines, Beers and Spirits (Prentice Hall) and The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook (University of Kentucky Press)
“In the restaurant industry, beer, wine and cocktail sales are crucial to turning a profit,” says Schmid. “Sullivan’s associate-degree program in beverage management gives students the expertise they need to boost the bottom line by moving product effectively and providing superior customer service.”
The NCHS associate degree in beverage management is a specialized degree that makes graduates attractive to a niche market. The focused curriculum prepares students for such careers as beverage manager, bar manager/owner, sommelier or beverage -sales representative. The course of study touches on key points like production, marketing, alcohol safety, food and beverage pairing, mixology, purchasing and storage. Students also learn how to write a business plan for a bar or restaurant.