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With year-round short courses that are taught by OSU faculty and industry-based experts, you can gain immediately applicable skills in gardening, beer, education and more. 

Beer Quality and Analysis Series

Microbiology and Beer Analysis | Quality Assurance | Brewery and Hop Farm Tour
This unique hands-on program highlights foundational aspects of microbiology and quality analysis that will help you deliver consistent, high-quality beer at any scale. 
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"I incorporated what I learned in teaching the general public about gardening and it greatly enhanced my classes. I enjoyed the online flexibility, quality instructors, and the ability to revisit lectures via weblink. I would recommend this program due to the benefits mentioned above, plus the quality, research-based information. OSU made online learning easy and I highly value the quality content and instructors."
Sherry Sheng
Portland, OR

INSTRUCTOR SPOTLIGHT

Andrew Millison
Permaculture Design Certificate

Andrew Millison has been studying, designing, building, and teaching about Permaculture systems since 1996 and is an instructor in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University. He instructs Advanced Permaculture Courses in Teaching, and has guest instructed for many Permaculture courses throughout the Western US.

Signe Danler
Master Gardener Online

Signe Danler is a veteran Master Gardener and landscape designer with a Masters of Ag degree in Horticulture. With the OSU Extension Service Master Gardener Program, she uses her experience and training in gardening, urban forestry and ecological landscaping to communicate about and promote sustainable gardening and landscaping practices.

Tom Shellhammer
Beer Quality and Analysis Series

Tom Shellhammer is the Nor’Wester Professor of Fermentation Science in the Department of Food Science and Technology at Oregon State University, where he directs the brewing education component of the fermentation science program and teaches courses about brewing science and technology, beer and raw materials analyses, plus the history, business and technology of the wine, beer and spirits industries.

Dr. Elizabeth Tomasino
Cider Making: Craft Cider Essentials

Dr. Elizabeth Tomasino is an Assistant Professor of Enology at OSU. She has had the opportunity to study the wine industry world-wide, including in Europe and New Zealand. Her research interests lie in wine sensory analysis and flavor chemistry. A main research includes determining relationships between sensory and chemical data, particularly those aroma compounds important for wine quality and regional differentiation.

Sam Schwartz

Sam Schwartz teaches writing and literature at Oregon State University. He earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Arizona, and has taught at universities in Virginia and Tennessee. His interest in writing about craft beverages is inspired by the wealth and vitality of craft beverage culture throughout the Willamette Valley.

Paul Hughes, MBA, PhD

After gaining his PhD in chemistry from the University of London, Paul moved into the brewing research sector in 1990. After spells as an industry-sponsored research scientist and then principal scientist with Heineken International, Paul moved to Heriot-Watt University in 2005 as Professor of Brewing and Distilling and director of the International Centre for Brewing and Distilling. Paul moved to Oregon in 2015 to establish a dedicated distilled spirits program.

Elliot Lavine

Elliot Lavine has been a film programmer of national repute since 1990, both in the San Francisco Bay Area and now here in Portland. In 2010, he received the Marlon Riggs Award from the San Francisco Film Critics Circle for his revival of rare archival titles and his role in the renewed popularity of film noir. He has taught film studies courses for Stanford's Continuing Studies Program since 2006.

Josh Bancroft
E-Learning Instructional Design and Development Certificate

Josh Bancroft is a lifelong geek who taught himself to type in computer programs to play games when he was 5 years old, and has been fascinated by the intersection of learning and technology ever since. Josh has a Masters degreee in Adult Education and Organizational Development from Oregon State University, and works on software education and community initiatives in the Developer Relations group at Intel.

Ann Custer, MPH, OTR, CHES

Ann supports OSU's College of Public Health and Human Sciences in building capacity of the current and future public health and human sciences workforce to meet the needs of individuals, families, and communities. Her work focuses on managing a portfolio of professional development offerings related to public health and human sciences. It involves collaboration with a variety of internal and external partners, including faculty, industry, and governmental agencies.

Jason O'Brien

Jason O'Brien is the coordinator of the Oregon Master Naturalist Program through OSU Extension Service’s Forestry and Natural Resources Program. He is also a staff member in the OSU College of Forestry’s Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society.

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~ Audrey Ragle
Asbury Park, NJ
“This course was a great way to refresh some familiar topics and expand my skill set and network! I found it especially valuable being able to discuss with industry experts such as Dr. Shellhammer and Dr. Curtis. Interacting with professors who could answer my questions about the specifics of what we did in the lab and topics we discussed in the classroom was invaluable. I also thoroughly enjoyed the tour of the barley and malting labs.”

WE CAN HELP YOU GET THERE

With online courses that fit around your schedule, year-round start dates, immediate registration (no application needed), and expert instructors, we can help you gain the expertise and skills you need to achieve. 

Whether you live in Oregon or Australia or whether you're a former alum or never seen an OR rainfall, we can help you reach your goals big or small. 

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From launching breweries to getting promoted to starting a new business, we've had over 30,000 learners who have excelled in their hobbies and careers.

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Of our past students polled, 93% would recommend us to a friend.
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