Bob Bath and Christie Dufault, both wine industry veterans, will be heading up the Culinary Institute of America’s new 30-week Accelerated Wine and Beverage Certificate Program launching in the fall.

The program will be an intensive course made up of ten three-week classes including lectures on wine and beverages as well as field trips to restaurants, wineries and hotels in the Napa Valley.

Mr. Bath has been an adjunct instructor for six years at the institute and has more than 30 years in the industry. He passed the master sommelier exam 17 years ago.

He said that not only is the program intended to focus on fine or casual dining, it strives to prepare graduates for work in retail, wholesale distribution, wineries, as an instructor, consultant or journalist.

Ms. Dufault also has been teaching at the institute. Her background is mostly in restaurants. She was at Gary Danko in San Francisco for five years and a number of other high-profile restaurants.

“Being wine industry veterans and educators we are so thrilled to launch this program,” she said. “We wish programs like this existed when we were starting out.”

There will be a maximum of 24 students in the course.

“And it is not just wine,” said Mr. Bath.

Students will learn about all about beverages, coffee, tea, spirits and beer.

The ideal student in this program is someone who has restaurant or hospitality experience already or may be working part time or have an apprenticeship during the program, the instructors said.

“That way they can take what they learn and use it in real life experiences, not just read a textbook,” he said.

They will utilize the other instructors and local restaurant and winery owners as guest lecturers to expand knowledge for the students.

For more information, visit www.ciaprochef.com/winestudies.


Human resources veteran Mark Nelson, founder and principal of Mark Nelson Group; Maryann Noble, certified co-active life coach; and event planner Christina Wohlgethan, will make up a discussion panel at the USF Santa Rosa campus on managing change in challenging times.

The panel, "Living with Purpose in Challenging Times: Discovering Personal & Professional Growth While Unemployed or Underemployed," will address issues people face relating to unemployment, underemployment and fear of leaving a position they dislike.

Topics will be recognizing the emotional aspects of change in careers, considering ways to re-invent oneself and creating opportunity out of crisis.

The event will take place Wednesday, June 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. RSVP required. Contact edney@usfca.edu or 707-527-9612.


The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce is again sponsoring the Mike Hauser Algebra Academy this summer. It is partnering with Aglient Technologies, JDS Uniphase, Medtronic CardioVascular, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., the Sonoma County Office of Education and Piner Olivet, Roseland and Santa Rosa city school districts.

The program, which was launched in the summer of 2008 and named after the late Santa Rosa chamber leader, was awarded Outstanding New Program by the Western Association of Chamber Executives in February of last year.

It will run from June 14 to July 2.

Sixty English language learners entering the eighth or ninth grade in the fall will spend the duration of the program learning algebra standards and their application to high-tech real world situations.

“We’re very excited to launch this new class of the Mike Hauser Algebra Academy,” said Jonathan Coe, president of the chamber. “This program is a great example of how businesses are working to make a difference in our community and help kids gain the knowledge that will help them succeed in later life. Mike’s vision truly continues to be at work.”

Mike Hauser was a proponent of creating programs where students who struggled with English would be able to graduate high school and realize opportunities for employment and further education.


Learning as Leadership is a seminar in team building designed for working professionals.

Shayne Hughes co-designs and co-facilitates the public and in-house programs. He has worked with Shell Oil Products, CSC, Fairchild Semiconductor and Oak Ridge National Laboratories, and he coaches leaders and their teams to try to address complex business challenges and build more collaborative teams.

A new Personal Mastery seminar is launching next month.

It consists of nine days where participants focus on challenging the habits and the patterns of functioning.

Headquartered in San Rafael, the program offers services worldwide to both small and large companies and individuals.

Clients include VISA, NASA and Union Bank.


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