Brewery Apprenticeship Program will tackle regional demand


South Texas College

MCALLEN, Texas – Thanks to a unique Texas Workforce Commission-backed partnership with local breweries like Mission’s 5×5 Brewing Co., South Texas College students will have the opportunity to get an education in fermentation. The upcoming program will respond to the high demand. The number of craft breweries in Texas has ballooned from 60 to more than 280 in the last eight years, making it one of the state’s fastest-growing industries.

“Brewing science is very much hands-on – you can read it all day long, and not understand it,” says George Rice, Director of Operations and co-owner at 5×5 Brewing Co. “We’re getting the region ready for everything this industry is going to be.”

The Brewery Apprenticeship program will be another one of the College’s unique endeavors in matching regional skills to workforce needs. The College also recently launched highly successful apprenticeship programs in biomedical maintenance, certified nursing, customer service and cybersecurity in partnership with the Texas Workforce Commission. But with no precedent set for the regional brewing industry, the new program will navigate uncharted waters.

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