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Vineyard Management (Viticulture) Program Code 103201

Associate Degree

Offered at the Green Bay campus. For information: (920) 498-5444. Toll-free: (888) 385-6982.

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

The Vineyard Management (Viticulture) Associate Degree will train both current and future employees of vineyards in the grape growing industry. Students will gain viticulture skills such as planting, pruning, training, harvesting, gathering, sustainability, integrated pest management (IPM), and storing of grapes or other fruits that will be turned into wine using the fermentation process. NWTC will partner its resources with the Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA). The viticulture technical courses will be taught in conjunction with VESTA through a combination of online learning and field experiences. The Vineyard Management (Viticulture) Program will provide students with hands-on field experiences at local vineyards that focus on the principles and best practices of maintaining a vineyard through seasonal changes.

Employment Potential

A graduate of this program will have the basic skills necessary to own and operate or be employed at a vineyard as a:

. Vineyard Manager

. Vineyard Worker

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

. Pest Management Industry – Crop Scout
. Green Industry – Greenhouse, Propagation
. Chemical/Pesticide Industry

Note

. NWTC is a member of VESTA, a partnership of colleges nationwide that together deliver online Enology (winemaking) and Viticulture (grape growing) education. VESTA is formally referred to as the Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance. More information is on the VESTA website www.vesta-usa.org.
. Students desiring to earn an Associate Degree in Vineyard Management (Viticulture) must apply for admission to NWTC and must take a minimum of 25% of technical core courses at NWTC.
. The VESTA online courses, identifiable by “VIN” in front of the course code have a separate admission and registration process.
. Practicum sites throughout the state are listed on the VESTA website. New ones can be added if the student finds a willing and eligible vineyard.
. Some courses have a minimum age requirement.
. Further information on VESTA can be found on the website www.vesta-usa.org.

Program Outcomes

. Manage all part-time and seasonal vineyard workers.
. Maintain records of all vineyard operation activities.
. Assist wine maker in crop load management, harvest coordination and execution.
. Monitor the vineyard regarding nutrient status, grape diseases, insect, fungus, weeds, and other pests.
. Maintain records of all viticultural monitoring activities.
. Practice IPM (Integrated Pest Management).
. Recommend and plan any large scale changes in vineyard plantings, specifically cultivars and selection of the site.
. Plan and assist in irrigation scheduling and operation.
. Plan and assist in general property maintenance.
. Operate vineyard machinery safely.

Requirements for Program Entry

. Completed application.
. High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
. Students should have mastered basic math skills (whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents and measurements).
. As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program Benchmarks are Arithmetic: 65; Reading Comprehension: 55; Sentence Skills: 75. Students not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Students may have the opportunity to enroll in selected program core courses while completing their individualized plan. Upon completion of the plan, students will be eligible for all program courses. However, higher test scores will lead to greater success in core program courses. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact a counselor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Curriculum

Students following the study plan below will complete the Vineyard Management (Viticulture) associate degree in the number of semesters shown.

FIRST SEMESTER

10-090-111 Sustainable Ag: Issues & Pract
2
10-145-185 Organizing Your Small Business
3
VIN111-Intro to Viticulture
3
VIN112-Botanical Viticulture
4
10-801-136 English Composition 1
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
SECOND SEMESTER

*10-090-116 Org Soils, Nutrients, Compost
3
10-145-189 Writing a Business Plan-Sm Bus
3
VIN113-Winter Viticulture Tech
2
VIN114-Spring Viticulture Tech
2
10-804-107 College Mathematics
3
10-806-112 Principles of Sustainability
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
THIRD SEMESTER

VIN115-Sum/Fall Vit Tech
2
VIN211-Integrated Pest Mgmt
2
VIN213-Regional Vineyard Mgmt
2
VIN105-Molec Prin Grape/Wine
4
10-809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies
3
10-809-195 Economics
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
FOURTH SEMESTER

*10-090-121 Organic Gardening
2
*10-090-134 Sustainable Ag & Food Business
3
VIN293-Soils for Viticulture
3
10-801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm
3
10-809-199 Psychology Of Human Relations
3
Elective
2
SEMESTER TOTAL
16

TOTAL CREDITS
63

Curriculum Note
*These courses must be taken at NWTC to receive an Associate Degree.
. Organic Soils, Nutrients, Composting, 10-090-116
. Organic Gardening, 10-090-121
. Sustainable Ag & Food Business, 10-090-134

Suggested Electives
. Intro to Enology, VIN146
. Sensory Evaluation, VIN266

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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 & sustainable agricultural practices with industrial agriculture. Explore food production issues including antibiotics, herbicides, hormones, GMOs, animal welfare, crop yields, nutrients, and pollution.

10-090-116 ORGANIC SOILS, NUTRIENTS, COMPOSTING... 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.

10-090-121 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.

10-145-185 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.

VIN113 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 114 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 115 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 113, 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: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills =75 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 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: Accuplacer-Arithmetic score=65 or ACT-Math score=15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Accuplacer-Reading=55 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: Accuplacer-Reading=55 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: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 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: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 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: Accuplacer- Reading =55 and Accuplacer Sentence 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: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 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.

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