Students following the study plan below will complete the Vineyard Management (Viticulture) associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
10-090-111 Sustainable Ag: Issues & Pract
10-145-170 Business Feasibility
10-145-185 Organizing Your Small Business
VIN111-Intro to Viticulture
10-801-136 English Composition 1
10-090-139 Org Soils, Nutrients, Compost
10-145-189 Writing a Business Plan-Sm Bus
VIN212-Winter Viticulture Tech
VIN214-Spring Viticulture Tech
10-804-107 College Mathematics
10-806-112 Principles of Sustainability
VIN215-Sum/Fall Vit Tech
VIN211-Integrated Pest Mgmt
VIN213-Regional Vineyard Mgmt
VIN105-Molec Prin Grape/Wine
10-809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies
10-090-121 Organic Gardening
10-090-134 Sustainable Ag & Food Business
VIN293-Soils for Viticulture
10-801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm
10-809-199 Psychology Of Human Relations
*These courses must be taken at NWTC to receive an Associate Degree.
. Intro to Enology, VIN146
. Sensory Evaluation, VIN266
These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required for employment in this field.
10-090-111 SUSTAINABLE AG: ISSUES & PRACTICES ...use critical thinking skills to compare organic and sustainable agricultural practices with industrial agriculture. Explore food production issues including antibiotics, herbicides, hormones, GMOs, animal welfare, crop yields, nutrients, and pollution.
10-090-121 ORGANIC GARDENING ...whether gardening on a small scale or using commercial greenhouses and fields, plan seedings, control pests, diseases, and weeds, all using best organic practices. Review rules and organic certification standards.
10-090-134 SUSTAINABLE AG & FOOD BUSINESS ...define your goals. Research expenses and potential income for a small food-related enterprise. Outline a budget. Compare markets. Develop a brand identity. Review financial terminology. Draft a business plan.
10-090-139 ORG SOILS, NUTRIENTS, COMPOST... Healthy soil is the foundation of sustainable farming and gardening. Build robust soil through organic matter, cultivating beneficial microorganisms, and nutrient cycling. Explore composting techniques and organic fertilizer sources.
10-145-170 BUSINESS FEASIBILITY ...focusses on the business concept and marketing. Develop skills in marketing, communications, branding, sales and service, networking, business idea, product portfolio, revenue model, market position, and customer portfolio.
10-145-185 ORGANIZING YOUR SMALL BUSINESS ...the components of small business ownership; examining a variety of small business startup and operation scenarios. Assesses your own readiness to begin the entrepreneurial adventure.
10-145-189 WRITING A BUSINESS PLAN-SMALL BUSINESS ...as a necessary component to beginning a small business, from addressing facets of the business plan, observing various types of plans, to realizing readiness to begin. Plan preparation/presentation are required.
VIN 111 INTRO TO VITICULTURE AND VINEYARD ESTABLISHMENT ...learn about viticulture and vineyard establishment. Topics include: cultivar selection, site preparation, equipment, site selection, first season establishment, vine development and training, trellis systems, weed control, vine disease control, and pruning. Students partner with approved vineyards for field experience.
VIN212 WINTER VITICULTURE TECHNOLOGY ...practical experience in winter vineyard operations. Students partner with approved vineyards for required field experience which will serve as work experience for those seeking employment in commercial viticulture. (Prerequisite: VIN 111, Introduction to Viticulture and Vineyard Establishment or permission)
VIN 214 SPRING VITICULTURE TECHNOLOGY ...practical experience in spring vineyard operations. Students are required to partner with approved vineyards for field experience which will serve as work experience for those seeking employment in commercial viticulture. (Prerequisite: VIN 111, Introduction to Viticulture and Vineyard Establishment or permission.)
VIN 215 SUMMER/FALL VITICULTURE TECHNOLOGY ...practical experience in summer/fall vineyard operations. Students are required to partner with approved vineyards for field experience which will serve as work experience for those seeking employment in commercial viticulture. (Recommendation: VIN 111, Introduction to Viticulture and Vineyard Establishment or consent of the instructor or VIN 212, Winter/Spring Viticulture Technology)
VIN 211 INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT ...learn how to manage normal cultural practices such as planting, fertility, harvesting, and pruning as well as managing the insect, disease, and weed programs that occur either regularly or sporadically.
VIN 213 REGIONAL VINEYARD MANAGEMENT ...study commercial grape growing throughout the United States. Learn about viticultural methods practiced, challenges faced, and how those challenges are addressed in different grape growing regions throughout the continental United States. (Prerequisites: VIN 111, Vineyard Establishment and Maintenance; VIN 113, Winter/Spring Viticulture Technology, or permission).
VIN 293 SOILS FOR VITICULTURE ...explore soil properties and behavior, and their influence on wines. This course focuses not only on growth and production, but on the long-term effect of viticulture on soil quality and the wider environment.
VIN 105 MOLECULAR PRINCIPLES IN GRAPE & WINE ...emphasis on chemical fundamentals of winemaking. This course includes organic, biochemistry, and applications with a focus on the grape and wine industry.
VIN 112 BOTANICAL VITICULTURE ...This course is a survey of the plant kingdom, including plant cells and tissues, the ecology, morphology, physiology and life cycles of representative plants of each division. It will also focus communication on grapevine biology, vine structures and their functions.
10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=74 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =18 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.
10-804-107 COLLEGE MATHEMATICS ...an introductory level course designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and statistics. Emphasis will be placed on computational skills and applications of rational numbers; problem solving skills with ratios, proportions, and percent; basic principles and application of algebra, geometry, graphing, and statistics; measurement skills in U.S. Customary and Metric Systems; and the use of calculators as a tool. (Prerequisites: Compass Pre-Algebra=27 or ACT-Math score=15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Compass Reading=70 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.
10-806-112 PRINCIPLES OF SUSTAINABILITY ...prepares the student to develop sustainable literacy, analyze the interconnections among the physical and biological sciences and environmental systems, summarize the effects of sustainability on health and well-being, analyze connections among social, economic, and environmental systems, employ energy conservation strategies to reduce the use of fossil fuels, investigate alternative energy options, evaluate options to current waste disposal and recycling in the U.S., and analyze approaches used by your community to promote and implement sustainability. (Prerequisite: Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills with "C" or better or equivalent) 3 cr.
10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.
10-809-195 ECONOMICS ...scarcity, resources, alternative economic systems, growth, supply and demand, monetary and fiscal policy, inflation, unemployment, and global economic issues. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.
10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: Compass Reading=70 AND Compass Writing Skills=60 OR ACT- Reading =15 and ACT English=16 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.
10-809-199 PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS ...decision making, motivation, conflict resolution, learning strategies, growth and adjustment, diversity, psychological theories, relationships, psychological disorders, stress, career analysis, social psychology, and lifespan development. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.