Students following the study plan below will complete the Vineyard Management (Viticulture) associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
Sustainable Ag: Issues & Pract
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
Organizing Your Small Business
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
VIN111-Intro to Viticulture
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...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.
English Composition 1
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
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.
VIN212-Winter Viticulture Tech
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)
VIN214-Spring Viticulture Tech
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.)
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.
VIN293-Soils for Viticulture
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.
VIN117-Cold Climate Viti & Eno
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 ...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
Principles of Sustainability
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)
VIN215-Sum/Fall Vit Tech
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)
VIN211-Integrated Pest Mgmt
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.
VIN213-Regional Vineyard Mgmt
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)
VIN105-Molec Prin Grape/Wine
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...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)
Intro to Diversity Studies
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)
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
Writing a Business Plan-Sm Bus
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
VIN146-Intro to Enology
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 ...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
Psychology Of Human Relations
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
. These courses must be taken at NWTC to receive an Associate Degree.
. Spanish for the Wine Industry, VIN108
. Legal Aspects of Vineyard & Winery Operation, VIN202
. Grapes to Market & Grower Relations, VIN251
• 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.