At the moment (March 23, 2020), we have moved into uncharted waters with schools, events, and most other functions of daily life coming to a standstill, at least for the next several weeks or perhaps months. With this in mind New England Wine Academy wants to assure its current students that there will be no disruption to online studies.
For any current student with an exam date scheduled for March 28, due to the mandated shutdown, the exams will be rescheduled to the earliest convenient date allowed. We will be reaching out this week to each candidate to notify them of this change. The next regularly scheduled exam date is June 6, and so this is the date that we are planning to use as the fall-back for the moment. If an earlier date can be scheduled then we will certainly put that in place, but with all of the uncertainty at the moment it is impossible to say for sure what we will be doing until the State of CT allows for people to gather and businesses to re-open. The tasting workshops associated with these classes will also be rescheduled as needed and consolidated with the Spring class sessions - assuming those dates are still held as scheduled.
WSET is working to expand offerings for online and webcasting, as well as exam invigilation. Some of these processes are easier to implement than others, but we are working as a group to adapt to the current situation as quickly as possible. If we are able to get exam invigilation via online access, then we will proceed as quickly as possible with exams. At this point, nothing is currently in place to allow this, though.
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Brian Mitchell runs The New England Wine Academy, and is responsible for the content of this blog. With 30 years of drinks industry experience, Brian has learned a few things, but everyday he is learning more. This blog helps to bring that knowledge to you.