Jim Beam teams up with UK, donates $5 million

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WYMT/WKYT) - The University of Kentucky is teaming up with one of Kentucky's largest bourbon makers to educate the next generations of distillers.

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Our sister station WKYT reports, Jim Beam is donating $5 million to create the James B. Beam institute for Kentucky spirits.

The institute will build on the success of UK's existing certificates program in distillation, wine, and brewing studies which the university began offering in 2014.

"The future is really bright for Kentucky bourbon, and we hope to partner to give young Kentucky students who want a job in the industry and to stay in Kentucky those opportunities," said Seth DeBolt, institute director.

The $5 million donation is parent company Beam Suntory's largest philanthropic or education gift in the company's history.

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