South Puget Sound Community College has signed a letter of intent to partner with Craft District, LLC, to lease space in a facility near the former Olympia Brewery in Tumwater.

The space will serve as the long-term home of the school’s new Craft Brewing and Distilling degree program. Craft District LLC has been hard at work since August developing the site, a 10-acre lot on Capitol Boulevard that already has commercial tenants in Tenino’s Sandstone Distillery and Gig Harbor’s Heritage Distilling Company.

Work on the facility is currently under way, but upon completion, SPSCC intends to lease up to 10,000 square feet of space that will include classrooms, labs, small-scale production space, offices, and a conference room. SPSCC also plans to link its educational program with the Sandstone and Heritage commercial production spaces to give students the ability to gain hands-on experience.

“This is exactly the kind of space and partnership we were hoping to find for our program,” said SPSCC President Dr. Timothy Stokes.

 “Co-locating our educational program with these successful local organizations will give our students a broad depth of experience and exposure to industry best practices. This great location will also allow us to build partnerships with manufacturers throughout the South Sound that will create a critical employment pipeline for our graduates.”

SPSCC expects to be in the new facility by 2018’s fall quarter. In the meantime, the program’s inaugural year will be held at the school’s Olympia campus.