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Local Brewery Offering Class On Beer

Switchyard Brewing

A bartender serves beer at Switchyard Brewing in Bloomington. (Adam Pinsker/WTIU News)

The owner of Switchyard Brewing company in Bloomington is helping teachers fulfill new licensing requirements under House Bill 1002, by offering a class on beer.

The new law requires teachers earn 15 of the 90 professional development points they need to renew their license, through workforce and career-navigation focused programs.

That can include an “externship” with a company, or a professional development opportunity that focus on economic and workforce needs.

Switchyard Brewing owner Kurtis Cummings’ brewing class qualifies.

“They’re going to learn how to taste beer, they’re going to learn about how beer is made, they’re going to learn our start up story, from a garage to a 1200 barrel per year tap room, and production facility,” Cummings says.

He says more than 150,000 people viewed the Facebook post announcing the class last week, and nearly 100 have already signed up, some from as far as Fort Wayne.

“Our philosophy as a company, our mission as a company, is we believe business can and should be a catalyst for positive change in their community, this is just one way that we do it.”

To make the classes convenient, Cummings is offering them all in one day, so teachers don’t have to keep making the trip back and forth.

Meanwhile the Indiana State Teachers Association is pushing lawmakers to change the new licensing rules.

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