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The Collins College Of Hospitality Management

Executive Education

Professional Development Opportunities in Wine

For those seeking professional development in the area of wine, mark your calendar for these important activities in 2015. Please contact Margie Ferree Jones at for more information. 

  • Professor Emeritus Ernie Simpson’s Chemistry of Wine – Feb. 20, 2015 from 3-5 p.m. Cost: $15 donation goes to scholarships.
  • Pop-up seminars are offered throughout the fall, winter and spring quarters at Collins College to assist CCHM students prepare for the various professional beverage certifications. 
  • Guild of Sommeliers’ Sponsored - Court of Master Sommeliers’ Introductory Course – Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11, 2015, 8 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.   Program Fee is $125 and covers food & beverage offered during two-day seminar. 

Society of Wine Educators’ (SWE)  - CCHM Students are offered a discounted group rate on study guides and exams for SWE certifications.  CSS and CSW Exams are now available worldwide through Pearson Testing Centers.  SWE offers several opportunities in on-line academies, a mobile app, and SWEbinars to assist in preparing for one of the following programs: 

Court of Master Sommeliers

The Collins College is the only college in Southern California to offer Level One and Level Two Certification tests with The Court of Master Sommeliers.

Students or Collins alumni interested in taking this course should contact Dr. Margie Ferree Jones at

The Level I: Introductory Sommelier Course & Exam is the first of four required steps to become a Master Sommelier. The program is given over a two-day period with candidates receiving intensive review, instruction and training by a team of Master Sommeliers on wines and spirits knowledge, proper wine service, and blind tasting. The program ends on the second day with the Introductory Sommelier Exam, a multiple choice theory exam consisting of 70 questions. The intent of the Introductory Sommelier Course is to provide wine and hospitality professionals with a thorough review to the world of wines and spirits at the highest professional standards.

This course is designed for people who have previous service experience including wine and/or have taken HRT 315/316 course(s).  This course is not designed for people with little to no experience in wine or wine service.

Attendees must have an affiliation to Cal Poly Pomona.  This means CCHM students and alumni as well as CPP students who have taken the beverage courses, HRT 312, HRT 315, and/or HRT 316.

ServSafeAlcohol - Students may pursue the ServSafe alcohol certification online. See CCHM's Association of Beverage Professionals (ABP) will offer a 4-hour training and exam by request. A minimum number of 12 students must agree to date and time for training and exam to be conducted. 

Southern California Visitor Industry Outlook Conference

The Collins College of Hospitality Management and PKF Consulting partner to host the annual Southern California Visitor Industry Outlook Conference each year in the fall. The 2014 conference was  held at the Anaheim Hilton on Thursday, October 30, 2014.

Attendees enjoyed a full day of panel discussions from tourism and economic experts about trends in Southern California. Colliers PKF Consulting, an international firm of management consultants, industry specialists, and appraisers who provide a full range of services to the hospitality, real estate and tourism industries, also presented its extensive lodging forecast report. This report contains detailed analyses of markets throughout Southern California. Presentations from the 2014 event are available at

Question may be directed to or (909) 869-4864.

Associate Support

The college serves as a strategic partner for hospitality associations, such as the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF),California Restaurant Association (CRA), and Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) by providing educational support. This support includes curriculum development, course development, seminars and workshops.

For more information please contact Michael Godfrey, associate dean of The Collins College of Hospitality Management at (909) 869-2568 or at


The Collins College is proud to provide the Club Managers Association of America's Business Management Institute II "The Leadership Edge" three times each year. Contact Dr. Margie Ferree Jones for details at or (909) 869-4479.