Brightwater, Airship partner to offer coffee education

Posted: December 18, 2017 at 1 a.m.

Rainy Bray (left), director of coffee, helps Cristiana Cooper of Springdale steam milk Monday at Brightwater in Bentonville. Brightwater and Airship Coffee are partnering to offer specialty coffee certification in the beverage studies to help meet the demand for skilled workers in the NWA coffee scene as well as train students to be competitive for jobs elsewhere.

BENTONVILLE -- It wasn't until Laurelin Van Hoose participated in Brightwater's coffee skills program she considered offering coffee in a bar she hopes to open.

Class costs

Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food is a division of Northwest Arkansas Community College. It’s located in the 8th Street Market at 801 S.E. Eighth St.

The Coffee Skills Program costs roughly $490 — $75 per credit hour for the three credits plus $265 lab fee — for college students who live within the Bentonville and Rogers public school districts. It costs $122.50 per credit hour for those who live out-of-district.

Public, non-credit seeking students can take the 45-hour classes for $535.

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Source: Staff report

Rainy Bray creates latte art on Friday at Brightwater in Bentonville.

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