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Professional Sommelier Programs Offered Spring 2005 (March 24, 2005)

George Brown College and Niagara College (Niagara-on-the-Lake), in affiliation with The Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS), are pleased to announce the launch of a comprehensive professional sommelier program at each of the colleges commencing spring 2005.

The Certified Professional Sommelier Program offered through Continuing Education begins the first week in April 2005 and runs until May 2006. It consists of six education modules taught by leading educators and experts in their respective fields: Production, Sensory Development and Wine Styles, Old World Wine Regions, New World Wine Regions, Spirits and Other Beverages, and Sommelier Management. The cost is $3,500.00 including material fees and wine sampling (text books, etc. are extra) with an option to pay for each module as candidates proceed through the program.

The sommelier program is being offered in conjunction with Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers, providing high-level education and training for those interested in pursuing a career as a professional sommelier. CAPS is part of the Paris-based Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI), which is recognized world-wide as a leading organization in the development of professional wine service standards of excellence.

Candidates who successfully complete all components of the program will receive a joint certificate from either George Brown College and CAPS or Niagara College and CAPS, depending on the campus where the student is registered.

Graduates of the programs can expect to have job opportunities in the hospitality industry in the area of wine and beverage management, wine sales, wine marketing and all aspects of wine service. Certification provides a legitimate credential that is recognized in all 44 countries with which CAPS is affiliated.

Applications for registration are now being accepted. Students must be aged 19 or older and are required to have had previous wine knowledge and training. Complete details are provided at each of the colleges' websites: www.coned.georgebrown.ca/sommelier and www.niagarac.on.ca/sommelier.

George Brown College is recognized nationally and internationally for the quality of its hospitality, tourism and culinary programs. It continues a long-standing relationship with the sommelier profession, offering programs in wines and beverage management for over 20 years. Its talented instructors and curriculum developers are well recognized and respected throughout the industry. The newly renovated wine lab offers a professional state of the art environment.

Niagara College is home to a globally recognized school of hospitality and tourism, the Niagara Culinary Institute and award-winning Niagara College Teaching Winery. Viticulture students receive hands-on training in all facets of the wine industry, including vineyard management, winemaking, and marketing and sales. With 6,100 students, Niagara College delivers more than 70 programs from campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls.

CAPS is committed to build a strong organization of members dedicated to developing the sommelier profession. Its goal is to encourage the developing of working relationships between members, wine professionals, consumers and with the hospitality industry at large.

 

 

 

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