2016-2017 Student Catalog 
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2016-2017 Student Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Wine and Beverage Management, Certificate

Contact Information

Program Requirements

Typical Program

Degree/Certificate:    Certificate
HEGIS Code:            5010
SUNY Code:             2065
Major Code:             WINE

The Career

The Niagara Region is developing into a world-class wine making region through the Niagara Wine Trail. The need for qualified members of the wine and beverage industry has never been more evident. Local research indicates that 75 percent of the local wineries would employ graduates of the Wine and Beverage Management program.

The NCCC Approach

Students will have the opportunity to learn wine and distilled spirit production along with the coffee and tea production industry. They will be exposed to both classroom theory applications, as well as field experiences at Niagara Wine Trail Vineyards and local coffee roasters. Sales, marketing and management practices will round out their educational experience through the division. This will give graduates the opportunity to assimilate into the beverage departments at hotels, casinos, private clubs, restaurants or tavern industry. As the hospitality industry and Niagara Wine Trail continue to expand in the Niagara Region, the need for qualified employees will grow to further establish the Niagara Region as a first-class tourist destination.

NCCC believes in employing instructors with the highest degree of education as well as work experience in order to enhance the students learning experience.

Students wishing to obtain an associate degree may do so by continuing study in the Associate in Applied Science Hospitality Management program or the Associate in Applied Science Individual Studies program.

NCCC provides both academic and personal support to students at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute comparable to those available at the Main Campus. In addition to the basic skills courses, students are able to improve their skills by receiving assistance in the library resource area, which can be configured as a site to accommodate alternative testing arrangements for individual students as needed.  Academic counseling is available from the student’s faculty member and student services staff who can help students clarify their personal and academic goals, identify behavioral and social obstacles, and explore available resources for achieving their goals.


Students admitted in fall.

Program Goals and Objectives

To provide students with the basic knowledge of wine and beverage operations that will prepare them for employment in the hospitality industry

Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this program, students will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of management principles
  • Demonstrate knowledge of viticulture and wine making
  • Explain the characteristics associated with each of the distilled spirits
  • Discuss the variations that determine coffee qualities
  • Explain the day-to-day operation of a winery
  • Determine the variety of the beverage tasted

Program Requirements (WINE)

  1. A total of at least 30-credit hours with a minimum curriculum grade-point average of 2.0. Academic Foundations courses do not count toward the certificate.
  2. Because the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI) is not a branch campus students enrolled at NFCI must take at least one course on the Sanborn campus or opt for an online offering of at least one course required in the program.
  3. Wine and Beverage: A minimum of 15-credit hours to include:
    WBV 101 - Viticulture and Winemaking 
    WBV 102 - Distilled Spirits 
    WBV 103 - Coffees of the World 
    WBV 104 - Winery Operations 
    WBV 105 - Sensory Evaluations  
  4. Business: A minimum of 15-credit hours to include:
    BUS 101 - Organization & Management 
    BUS 113 - Fundamentals of Marketing 
    BUS 115 - Principles of Retailing 
    BUS 116 - Principles of Sales 
    BUS 140 - Visual Merchandising  


Typical Program

Because the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI) is not a branch campus students enrolled at NFCI must take at least one course on the Sanborn campus or opt for an online offering of at least one course required in the program.

Scholarship Opportunities

There are several scholarships available to NCCC students.  Scholarship deadline dates vary each semester.  For more information, please visit the scholarship webpage at www.niagaracc.suny.edu/scholarships . The NCCC Scholarship Office is located within the Financial Aid Complex, A-114 or by phone (716) 614-6205.