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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.

Follow Your Path

All credits from the following certificate(s) apply toward this associate degree:
• Vineyard Management, 903201

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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).
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Program Availability

FULL TIMESummer 2018Fall 2018Spring 2019
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 & 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.
10-145-185 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.
VIN111-Intro to Viticulture 3
VIN112-Botanical Viticulture 4
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
SECOND SEMESTER
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 2
VIN214-Spring Viticulture Tech 2
VIN293-Soils for Viticulture 3
VIN290-Winery Safety 3
VIN117-Cold Climate Viti & Eno 1
SEMESTER TOTAL
20
THIRD SEMESTER
VIN215-Sum/Fall Vit Tech 2
VIN211-Integrated Pest Mgmt 2
VIN213-Regional Vineyard Mgmt 2
VIN105-Molec Prin Grape/Wine 4
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
FOURTH SEMESTER
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.
10-145-189 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.
VIN146-Intro to Enology 3
Elective 2
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
TOTAL CREDITS
67
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

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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