SOU Offers Wine Class to Community

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(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University is making one of its winter term courses available to the public. Working in the Wine Industry will not only be offered for credit to admitted SOU students, but will also be available at a special tuition rate for members of the community who are not admitted students to SOU.

“This is in direct response to the needs of our community,” said SOU Professor Greg Jones, director of the University’s Division of Business, Communication and the Environment. “The wine industry is booming in Southern Oregon and more and more people are turning to the industry for employment. We want to make sure that not only our students, but anyone in the community interested in a career in this exciting field has the opportunity to learn the basics through this course.”

Working in the Wine Industry is a seminar-style course that will focus on the many facets and possibilities of pursuing and working in the wine industry. The course covers vineyard operations, winemaking, and the marketing and selling of wine. Wine’s place in history, culture, science, and economics are all incorporated into the curriculum as well.

“Anyone who is interested in wine and would like to have a more robust understanding of it will benefit from this course,” Dr. Jones said, “but it is particularly well-suited for those working in the hospitality and tourism industries that would like to expand their skillset.”

Working in the Wine Industry will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30-3:20 p.m. from Jan. 4 through March 18, 2016, on SOU’s main campus in Ashland.

A special tuition rate of just $300 has been established for community members who sign up for the course. Admitted students taking the class for credit will pay the standard tuition rate. Those age 65 and older can audit the class for free, but must still register.

A registration form is available online at tinyurl.com/sou-wine. Anyone interested in learning more or registering is encouraged to contact Connie Lynn at 541-552-6899 or via email at lynnc@sou.edu.

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