Yale University will offer students several free courses in bartending — ostensibly to promote healthy drinking habits — that include mixology training.
Yale Catering will administer the courses, which cover details such as how much alcohol to put in a shot, how to handle drunks, and advice on mixing cocktails, according to The Yale Daily News.
The course is open to students ages 18 and up, and has the two-fold purpose of reducing campus binge-drinking and giving prospective bartenders actual tips, said Yale Catering Director Robert Sullivan.
“We know underaged people are drinking,” he said in a statement. “We’re trying to see what we can do to make sure underage students understand what a drink is supposed to look and taste like.”
Bartending is an increasingly necessary skill for the modern college graduate. More than half of all college graduates are unemployed or underemployed at jobs that don’t require a degree. In 2011, more graduates became bartenders than scientists.
When asked whether the number of college graduates taking up bartending jobs was a motivating factor in offering the course, the university did not respond to requests for comment.
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