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Sonoma State University Partners with Santa Rosa Junior College to Launch Wine Bachelor’s Degree Transition Program

Rohnert Park, CA. ~ Sonoma County, CA – The Wine Busi- ness Institute in the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University in

partnership with Santa Rosa Junior College

a new bachelor’s degree

tion program to serve the com- munity. The first of its kind in the region, the pro- gram

launched transi-


well-established strengths of two of the San Francisco North Bay’s leading institu- tions of higher education to provide state-of-the-art edu- cation for residents interested in careers in wine production and management. The new bachelor’s degree transition

program will be available to SRJC and SSU

students beginning the fall semester 2020. More infor- mation can be found at http:// uate/bs-business-administra- tion/wine-busi- ness-strate- gies-concen- tration. “The transition program serves the needs of both stu- dents and employers. It provides the educational roadmap and

curriculum expansion students seek and produces graduates who possess comprehensive knowledge of both the busi- ness and production of wine,” said Dr. Kevin Sea, director of the Wine Studies program at SRJC. The joint program will pro-

vide a four-year degree transi- tion pathway for SRJC viticul- ture and enology students and expand SSU’s wine business program to include a wine production track.

SRJC students can complete their general

elective and

wine production coursework at SRJC to earn their associ- ate’s degree before transfer- ring to SSU to complete their upper-division business and wine business classes to earn their bachelor’s degree. Like- wise, SSU students already pursuing a B.S. in Business Administration with a concen- tration in wine business strat- egies will be able to enroll in SRJC enology and viticulture courses to fulfill requirements for the new wine production track. “The new joint program between SRJC and SSU is the perfect foundation for stu- dents interested in the wine industry,”

said Kim Stare Wallace, president of Dry

Creek Vineyard in Healds- burg, CA. “I look forward to having a whole new pool of qualified candidates for a wide variety “We received

of positions.” overwhelm-

ing wine community support for the development of this bachelor’s degree transition program,” said Dr. Liz Thach, MW, Distinguished Professor of Wine at SSU. “We have a number of students request- ing more wine production-re- lated coursework, and several of our wine business alumni have transitioned into wine- making or wine production roles.” "We're thrilled to be expanding our undergraduate opportunities while strength- ening our longstanding ties to the SRJC through this creative partnership," said Sonoma State President Judy K. Sa- kaki. "It's because of inno- vative programs like this that Sonoma State has the highest two-year transfer graduation rate among the 23 CSU cam- puses, and we are proud of that fact."

new joint bachelor’s degree transition

For more information on the program,


contact Dr. Liz Thach, MW at SSU (Liz.Thach@sonoma. edu) or Dr. Kevin Sea at SRJC ( Or you may cal: 707-527-4363

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Longest-Running American Musical Names 2020 Cast


SAN JOSE, CA. ~ San Jose Stage

Company (Randall

King, Artistic Director and Cathleen King, Executive Director) is pleased to an- nounce the cast and creative team for the third production of The Stage’s 37th Season, Broadway’s longest-running American musical CHICAGO . Nominated for three 1975 Tony ® Awards and the 1997 Tony ® Award-winner for “Best Revival Of A Musical,” CHICAGO features a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, mu- sic by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. CHICAGO is based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, with the script adaptation by David Thomp- son. The Stage’s production of CHICAGO will be directed by Randall King, choreography by Tracey Freeman-Shaw and music direction by Benjamin Belew. CHICAGO will run from February 5 – March 15, 2020 at San Jose Stage Com- pany (490 South 1st Street, San Jose, CA, 95113). The press opening will take place on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets range from $32 - $60 and can be pur- chased through the Box Office at (408) 283-7142 or online at .


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