Some say alcohol is recession proof and bartending schools are finding that to be true. Bartender training classes have seen a spike in enrollment during this recession. Rachel Burdett, owner of the Professional Bartending School of San Antonio Inc, says they have seen their highest enrollment in their ten year history.
Bartender certification has always been popular with college students trying to earn money during school, but this year, Burdett says all ages and backgrounds have shown an interest.
"We are getting executives, military, people getting laid off." says Burdett "It has been a record year for us."
The programs usually last a couple of weeks and cost anywhere from $400-$700. The ability to get certified quickly and make hundreds of dollars a night in tips makes bartending a popular choice for people looking to find a side job or make a career change.
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