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Vineyard Management (Viticulture) - Associate Degree

Program Code: 103201

Midwesterners who dream of a career in wine country don't need to migrate to California. As Wisconsin's grape growing industry expands, business owners are looking for employees and suppliers right here. As a graduate of the Vineyard Management associate degree program, you have the skills necessary to own and operate or be employed at a vineyard as a vineyard manager or vineyard worker. You are skilled in planting, pruning, training, harvesting, gathering, sustainability, integrated pest management, and storing grapes and other fruits.

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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

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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.

Program Availability

FULL TIMEFall 2016Spring 2017Summer 2017
Green Bay
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Application Checklist

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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
10-090-111 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. Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-145-185
Organizing Your Small Business
3
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. Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-320-101
VIN111-Intro to Viticulture
3
10-320-101 VIN111-INTRO TO VITICULTURE...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.
10-320-122
VIN112-Botanical Viticulture
4
10-320-122 VIN112-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
3
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 =18 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
SECOND SEMESTER
10-145-170
Business Feasibility
3
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.
10-320-102
VIN212-Winter Viticulture Tech
2
10-320-102 VIN212-WINTER VITICULTURE TECH...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)
10-320-103
VIN214-Spring Viticulture Tech
2
10-320-103 VIN214-SPRING VITICULTURE TECH...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.)
10-320-105
VIN190-Vineyard Safety
1
VIN 190 VINEYARD SAFETY ...learn safety procedures specific to grape growing including a general history of agricultural safety and health issues, ergonomics, OSHA safety rules and safety issues and concerns.
10-320-108
VIN293-Soils for Viticulture
3
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.
10-320-126
VIN117-Cold Climate Viti & Eno
1
VIN117-COLD CLIMATE VITICULTURE & ENOLOGY ...this course offers a practical understanding of the obstacles and promise of growing grapes and making wine in cold climates. Topics relating to cold climate production include history, physical limits of grapes, successful varieties, viticulture and enology methods for producing quality cold climate wine, the state of cold climate research, a review of resources, and marketing strategies in cold climate regions. (Prerequisite: VIN111 or VIN146)
10-804-107
College Mathematics
3
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=65 or ACT-Math =15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Accuplacer Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 or Intro to College Writing with "B" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-806-112
Principles of Sustainability
3
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 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
SEMESTER TOTAL
18
THIRD SEMESTER
10-320-104
VIN215-Sum/Fall Vit Tech
2
10-320-104 VIN215-SUM/FALL VIT TECH...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)
10-320-106
VIN211-Integrated Pest Mgmt
2
10-320-106 VIN211-INTEGRATED PEST MGMT...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.
10-320-107
VIN213-Regional Vineyard Mgmt
2
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)
10-320-121
VIN105-Molec Prin Grape/Wine
4
10-320-121 VIN105-MOLEC PRIN GRAPE/WINE...emphasis on chemical fundamentals of winemaking. This course includes organic, biochemistry, and applications with a focus on the grape and wine industry.
10-801-196
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
3
10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMM...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 Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
10-809-172
Intro to Diversity Studies
3
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 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
FOURTH SEMESTER
10-090-121
Organic Gardening
2
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. Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-145-189
Writing a Business Plan-Sm Bus
3
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. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-320-109
VIN146-Intro to Enology
3
10-320-109 VIN146-INTRO TO ENOLOGY...learn the basic science and technology of winemaking. Make wine from a kit, track fermentation, make various chemical measurements and provide one bottle of finished wine for evaluation. (Students must be 21 years of age to enroll in this course.)
10-809-195
Economics
3
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 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
10-809-199
Psychology Of Human Relations
3
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 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
Elective 2
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
TOTAL CREDITS
65
Curriculum Note
. These courses must be taken at NWTC to receive an Associate Degree.
Suggested Electives
. Spanish for the Wine Industry, VIN108
. Legal Aspects of Vineyard & Winery Operation, VIN202
. Grapes to Market & Grower Relations, VIN251

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.

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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.

Study Abroad Opportunities

• The International Studies staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor.

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