Grand Rapids Community College student Sheldon Korcal says he's been hooked on craft beer since downing one of Founder's Brewing Company's flagship beers - the Dirty Bastard scotch-style ale.
Korcal, 23, of Comstock Park, is enrolled in the college's new Craft Brewing, Packaging, and Service Operations Certificate that launched this summer in response to Michigan's booming beer industry.
"I like the science behind it," said Korcal, as his 15-member class worked on different aspects of brewing a batch of IPA (India Pale Ale). "The process is pretty interesting. I want to do work I enjoy."
Bill Pink, vice president of workforce development for GRCC, said with the more than 200 breweries statewide, there is a growing demand for skilled personnel. He said the college worked closely with West Michigan breweries in developing the certificate program.
"The need is there and will continue to grow over the next several years," he said.
Brett Langschied, who teaches the course along with John Stewart, said there is a wide range of students enrolled in the class all seeking different career paths in the industry. more_mlive