The Florida State University Dedman College of Hospitality has launched a new beverage certificate program in partnership with Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC).
RDNC pledged $500,000 to establish the RNDC Certificate in Beverage Management program., which is for individuals pursuing careers involving beverage management, with a primary emphasis on sales and service in the hospitality and tourism industries.
FSU President Richard McCullough thanked RNDC and praised the new certificate program.
“Dedman College is one of the top-ranked colleges of hospitality in the United States and the world,” he says. “Corporate partnerships and investment from industry leaders like RNDC are crucial factors in building upon our global reputation and preparing our students for successful careers.”
Don Farr, dean of the Dedman College, says that the timing is perfect for the college offer the program.
“Understanding beverage management is a highly sought-after skill, and RNDC’s generosity will allow the college to provide numerous students with the opportunity to add this valuable credential to their resume,” says Farr. “RNDC’s support ensures our students will have the expertise needed to set themselves apart competitively as professionals.”
RNDC’s gift will create an endowment to maintain comprehensive programming with an emphasis on lagers, ales, wines, distilled spirits and coffees and teas. Additionally, it will provide support to the recruitment and retention of excellent faculty, international education opportunities (including study aboard programs), internships focused on the beverage sector and additional scholarly activities such as guest lecture series, conference travel and more.
“RNDC is proud to support Florida State University Dedman College of Hospitality,” Bob Hendrickson, RNDC Chief Operating Officer, says . “RNDC employs many FSU alumni who now support a myriad of suppliers and customers. We believe this donation will help more individuals become aware of the opportunities in the wine and spirits industry.”