SPSCC to Develop Its First Applied Bachelor’s Degree Program

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) today announced that it is applying for its first Bachelor in Applied Science (BAS) degree in Craft Beverage Management and Quality Assurance. The BAS degree, tentatively launching in fall 2023, will be the first of its kind and will prepare students to move into management in the craft beverage industry.

“This program will allow students to learn in four years what can take around 15 years of industry experience to accomplish,” said Val Sundby, Dean of Social Science and Business at SPSCC. “This creates entry pathways for individuals who have not historically been represented in the industry, which will aid in creating a more diverse work population.”

SPSCC’s Associate in Applied Science - Transfer (AAS-T) degree for Craft Brewing and Distilling will also evolve with the launch of the BAS program. “The AAS-T will focus more on the technical skills required for the craft, while the BAS will go deeper into the business management and quality assurance side,” Sundby added.

Later this year, SPSCC will submit a formal program proposal to the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and to the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, their main accrediting body. If both organizations approve of the proposed changes, the program is expected to launch in September 2023.

SPSCC is the first college or university in the country to offer a degree program that is inclusive of all three crafts of brewing, distilling, and cider making.

Photograph of AAS-T students in the SPSCC's Craft Brewing Distilling Center
The 2020-2022 AAS-T cohort meet several weekends per quarter in SPSCC’s Craft Brewing Distilling Center.