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Sommelier Certificate Program Wins CONNY Award

The Sommelier Certificate Program at Algonquin College was a recent recipient of the prestigious CONNY Award. This award recognizes excellence in creative and innovative programming. The competition is open to hundreds of programs in Continuing Education departments in all of Ontario’s Colleges.
Algonquin’s Sommelier Program is the region’s most popular and highly regarded. It graduates professionals for the hotel, restaurant and food and beverage industry as well as meeting the needs of those interested in furthering their wine knowledge for personal pleasure. A list of its graduates is a who’s who of the region’s vibrant wine scene.

The CONNY award reflects the rigor of the program’s standards and the excellence of classroom instruction provided by faculty. The award also recognized cooperative partnerships that were forged with numerous Canadian VQA wineries, particularly Cave Spring Cellars and Pillitteri Estates Winery, Vittoria Trattoria Restaurant, National Capital Sommelier Guild, Epicurean Awards and Champions For Children, a charity with whom the program has assisted in raising over fifty thousand dollars for deserving children.


Sommelier Certificate Program wins International LERN Award.

In selecting the Best Programming award, LERN officials use a number of criteria, including originality, innovation, appropriateness as a model for other programs, measurable outcomes and being on the leading edge in the field of lifelong learning. The Algonquin Sommelier Certifcate Program was chosen for outstanding programming amongst hundreds of Colleges and institutions of higher learning in 16 countries. The compressed program, high student evaluation and retention rates were specifically noted.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2008 00:50