Workforce Development, Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning

Career development and professional resources at Trocaire College.
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Trocaire offers a wide array of training, educational opportunities and lifelong learning for individuals getting started in the workplace, furthering their current careers, or working to meet licensure/certification requirements. Take a look at some of our program types below and register by phone, 716-827-4310 or online.

Career Training

Personal Development & Educational Programming

Learn a new skill or further your passion with one of our personal development workshops. Throughout the year we offer fun, interactive sessions on a variety of topics. 

Fall Culinary, Wine & Brewing Workshops

Trocaire Wine School
Explore your love of wine with our sensory evaluation classes led by local wine enthusiast and purveyor, Bridgett O’malley of Addy’s Wine and Liquor in East Amherst. Pick your favorite or register for all four classes and receive a 10% off the total cost. Those completing all four will receive a Trocaire College certificate of completion for our Wine School as well. Wine classes are small in size to allow for an individualized and in-depth sensory experience for students. All classes are offered at Trocaire’s Williamsville Center behind Russell’s Steaks, Chops, and More.

Wine 101: For the Love of Wine
Wednesday, October 24, 6-9pm

Get answers to all of the questions you have been afraid to ask and learn the basics of wine, from how it’s made, decoding wine labels, how to taste & talk about wine, important grapes and styles, how to buy wine, storage, service and food pairing. The tasting of several wines will focus on the structure of wine, various styles and main grape varieties. Limit 9 students. Participants must be 21 years of age or older and provide valid ID at beginning of class.

Wine 102: Intro to French and Italian Wines
Wednesday, November 7, 6-9pm
Cost: $30

French and Italian wines serve as the foundation for most wine lovers trying to understand the wines of the world. Join us as we explore top regions and appellations in France and Italy.  In this seminar students will take a deep dive into each region and explore important varietals, winemaking practices, styles and diversity of the great wines of France and Italy. Limit 9 students. Participants must be 21 years of age or older and provide valid ID at beginning of class.

Wine 103: Regional Influencers
Saturday, December 1, 11am-2pm
Cost: $30

Consider regional similarities, history, and processes that influence the great wines of Washington State, California, Oregon and Spain. In this seminar, students will consider and experience the role environment and method plays in creating different wine nuances and personalities. Limit 9 students. Participants must be 21 years of age or older and provide valid ID at beginning of class.

Perfecting Thanksgiving: A Class for the Novice or Pro
Saturday, November 17
Cost: $42
(includes apron to take home and wine/beer to enjoy with the class)

Nervous about cooking The Big Dinner? Wanting to make this year’s feast fantastic? Whether this is your first time or you are a Thanksgiving pro, make this Thanksgiving flawless and fancy. Our Chef will share his all-time favorite, tried and true recipes for a delightful dinner. The class will cover the ins and outs of roasting a juicy bird with super-crispy skin. And, you’ll learn the secrets behind perfect sides and velvety-smooth pan graving worthy of second and third helpings. This Thanksgiving will be one to remember!

Great cooking is more than recipes—it’s about techniques. In our class you’ll work together with other students in a fun, hands-on environment led by our professional Chef.

Artisanal Breads and Dough
Saturday, December 1
12:30-3:30 P.M.

Cost $35

For the love of bread! Join our Chef as you explore the art and beauty of bread-making from beautiful baguettes to savory Italian breads and specialty techniques. This course will teach you the proper mixing, kneading and professional bread baking techniques to make breads from around the world. Witness the art, the technique, and the passion of our Chef as he shares time-honored traditions and secrets to the perfect loaf and celebrate l’arte del pane!

Holiday Cookie Master Class
Date: Saturday, December 8
12:30-3:30 P.M.
Cost: $35

Join our Master Pastry Chef as he creates delicious and beautiful holiday cookies that are gift worthy. Take your baking skills to the next level in hands-on class where students will discover several recipes, dough preparation, icing recipes, baking methods and fanciful decorating techniques. Best of all, you get to take home what you make!

Seasonal Brews: Brewing With Unique Ingredients
Special Guest Brewer: Rudy Watkins of Thin Man Brewery
October 13, 2018
Saturday, 1-4pm
Cost $30

This workshop will cover a variety of different seasonal brews and the ingredients that make them unique. We will be joined by Rudy Watkins, head brewer from Thin Man Brewing, to discuss unique and unusual brews, from rich pumpkin beers and winter warmers to light fruit and sour beers, and many others in between. We will inform homebrewers on how to incorporate unique ingredients into beers, as well as taste a variety of beers to appreciate complementary and contrasting flavors that make seasonal beers so unique.

Brewing Eclectic IPAs
Special Guest Brewer : John Domres of Buffalo Brewing Company
November 3, 2018
Saturday, 1-4pm
Cost $30

This workshop will cover the flavors and production of IPA varieties, as well as the use of adjuncts, such as fruit, herbs, spices, in IPAs. John Domres, the president and brewer at Buffalo Brewing Company, will join us to describe the processes used to develop the myriad flavors and aromas in IPAs. We will also discuss the effects of growing conditions, brewing water, and yeast strains hop flavors. Participants will taste several unique IPAs that have been created using different processes and unique ingredients.

Brewing, Distilling, and Fermentation Science Program

This 5 course program provides the knowledge and hands-on experience needed to enter into the ever expanding and exciting industry of brewing, microbrewing, and distilling. Courses run in the fall and spring semesters. A certificate of completion in Brewing, Distilling, and Fermentation Science from Trocaire College will be awarded to students who successfully complete all courses in the program.

Intro to Brewing
August 27– December 3, 2018
Mondays, 6pm-8:30pm
Cost $495
This course is the first in the 5 course program and provides a foundation for students interested in pursuing the program. Topics include: historical aspects of the industries of brewing and distilling along with ingredients, equipment and process requirements involved in brewing and distilling. Classes are held at Trocaire’s Transit location in Williamsville.

Sensory Evaluation of Beer
September 8 — December 8, 2018
Saturdays, 9am-11:30pm
Cost $495

Students will develop sensory skills and learn terminology typically used in the alcohol beverage industry. The Blichmann TopTier Modular Brewing system and professional grade fermentation equipment will be utilized in the College’s brewing lab. Classes are held at Trocaire’s Transit location in Williamsville.

Science of Brewing and Distilling
August 29 — December 5, 2018
Wednesdays, 6pm-8:30pm
Cost $495

This course will include in-depth lessons on yeast and bacteria microbiology as well as water and beer chemistry. Students will learn to evaluate microbes on media and microscopically, optimize chemical composition of wort and beer, and control microbial activity in ‘clean’ and sour beers. Students will gain hands-on experience with aseptic technique, chemical analysis of beer bitterness, and – of course – brewing on a professional-grade brewing and fermentation system. No prior microbiology or chemistry education is necessary.

T.I.P.S. and ServSafe Duo Course
Cost $395

This 5-week combined course provides T.I.P.S., Alcohol Training for Intervention Procedures, and ServSafe training lectures and exams. The course cost includes books and exam fees for both hospitality industry certifications. T.I.P.S. is education for the responsible service, sale, and consumption of alcohol. This skills-based training course is intended to prevent intoxication, underage drinking, and drunk driving. ServSafe provides food safety training and is recognized by the National Restaurant Association.

Brewing Internship
Summer, Fall, Spring Semesters
Cost $395

Brewing students who have completed all coursework (or are in progress) in the program are eligible to participate in this 150 hour internship experience. Internships will be with one of WNY’s local breweries/distilleries. The internship experience will be geared toward individual student goals and supervised by the Brewing, Distilling and Fermentation Science Program Director. Internship hours are flexible to allow for working students to participate.

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Professional Development and Lifelong Learning

Trocaire offers employers customized, on-site or on-campus training programs in healthcare, customer service, leadership, management, and customer relations. Businesses interested in offering professional development training to their employees should contact the Office of Workforce Development at 716-827-4310 to arrange a consultation meeting.

Online Training Courses

Trocaire College partners with online providers that help students meet their educational goals on their own time and within their schedule. The instructor-facilitated online course offerings include a large number of options, with start dates that are ongoing.

  • Ed2GO: You may take these affordable online courses in the comfort of your home or office at times that are convenient for you. Courses begin monthly, run for six weeks and are comprised of 12 lessons that are posted to the website weekly. The courses are entirely web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes and assignments. You may ask questions of your instructor and receive advice at any time during the course.
  • ProTrain: Offering dozens of options in healthcare, accounting, information technology and green/renewable energy, these online training courses provide you with the workforce skills necessary for many in-demand occupations. Gain the knowledge you need to get a new job, brush up on your current skills or take something just for fun.
  • PennFoster: Offering a breadth of viable, online academic alternatives that meet the training needs of business professionals and the region’s workforce population, these programs are on-demand and tailored around your schedule. All programs can be completed in as little as six months.

Test Preparation

Students and working professionals looking to take the next step, whether it be college or in their current careers, can find numerous test preparation courses that will assist them in meeting their desired score, licensing or certification goals.

  • Dietetic Technician Registry Exam Review Course
  • NCLEX-PN Review Program (call 716-827-4310 for more information)
  • Radiography Registry Seminar (call 716-827-4310 for more information)
  • Surgical Technology Review Course (call 716-827-4310 for more information)



Office hours are:
Mondays & Thursdays: 8am-6pm
Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 8am-5pm
Fridays: 8am- 4pm

Phone: 716.827.4310

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