Colorado State University's new program, Fermentation Science and Technology, aims to help students earn a degree that will educate them in "the science and art of fermenting foods and beverages," according to the program mission statement.
New Belgium, the Fort Collins-based brewery has committed to contributing $500,000 to the new program, for renovations, research and the hands-on learning capabilities necessary to educate the students seeking a B.S. in Fermentation Science and Technology. The gift will be dispersed over the course of five years, to help in building the university's new fermentation lab. New Belgium co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Kim Jordan, will personally gift an additional $500,000 to help with the new addition.
CSU President Tony Frank said in a press release:
CSU deeply appreciates the support - both financial and professional - that New Belgium Brewing and Kim Jordan are providing to our Fermentation Science and Technology program. The success of this program is a direct reflection of the strong commitment it has received from industry partners, and New Belgium provides our students with a wonderful example of a flourishing business where sustainability, innovation and a spirit of community are pillars of the operation.
The New Belgium Fermentation Science and Technology Laboratory is expected to be completed in August.