UK is the flagship land-grant University for the state of Kentucky with a core mission of outreach, teaching and research to advance the Commonwealth. During the past decade, the University of Kentucky has invested in faculty, resources and farmland to serve distillation, wine and brewing industries. The development of a robust DWB program will organize these efforts across the educational landscape and provide Kentucky students with a knowledge of a multi-billion dollar international industry that offers a myriad of dynamic and engaging career opportunities.
The growth of the industry and potential for innovation requires a regional workforce to advance sustainability and innovation. Careers options are broad and range from business and marketing, to personnel technically trained in STEM disciplines with backgrounds in distillation, wine and brewing. The University of Kentucky has committed faculty time from 7 Colleges across disciplines with training in this area. Problems faced in Kentucky are often different than those experienced in other parts of the country or world. Training for specific Kentucky problems with the regional trade vocabulary would assist in streamlining education.