Education: Korbel's Gary Heck honored for SSU wine program vision

[caption id="attachment_73063" align="alignright" width="350"] (left to right) SSU Provost Andrew Rogerson, Gary Heck and William Silver, dean of the School of Business and Economics (image credit: SSU)[/caption]

Gary Heck, owner and president of Korbel Champagne Cellars and Kenwood Vineyards, became an honorary inductee of the Sonoma State University chapter of the Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society last month.

Mr. Heck joined students who were inducted into the society at the ceremony to celebrate the group's admission to the prestigious group. The Sonoma State School of Business and Economics cited Mr. Heck's role in the formation of the school's Wine Business Institute as reason for his selection.

"I am honored to be chosen as an honorary inductee. I wanted to create a place for the next generation of wine industry families to study the best practices of the wine business," said Mr. Heck.

Founded in 1995, the Wine Institute operates in close partnership with the wine industry and now offers a number of undergraduate and graduate programs. The institute also offers a number of certificate programs and short courses for current and aspiring professionals in the industry.***

Amid the rising popularity of a for-credit "Banking and Finance Academy" program operated in partnership with Santa Rosa City Schools, Redwood Credit Union recent took part in a new "Bite of Reality" financial literacy program in San Rafael.

Offered in April, which is recognized by a wide swath of public and private entities as "Financial Literacy Month," the course asked students at San Rafael High School to participate in simulations of real-world financial concerns like student loan debt and medical insurance payments. The program was offered in partnership with the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce, and modeled after a program offered by the foundation for credit unions in California and Nevada, the Richard Myles Johnson Foundation.

Redwood Credit Union has plans to support the program as it expands into Sonoma County and elsewhere in Marin, according to an announcement. The next Banking and Finance Academy program will be offered in June.***

Dominican University's Venture Greenhouse incubator and accelerator program will host a "Marinnovation" showcase for innovators and entrepreneurs from Marin County on May 15, with Netflix co-founder and Mill Valley resident Mitch Lowe as keynote.

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