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Viticulture

Campus Location: Calmar, Peosta, Online

Program Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Award: Certificate

Description:

The Viticulture Technology program provides a comprehensive examination of the field of viticulture (grape growing) offered through the Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA) consortium of 17 colleges and universities. The program provides the knowledge required to maintain vineyards in Iowa and the Midwest, with specific attention given to varietal selection, soil preparation, pest management and vineyard safety, as well as the science, agriculture and business skills necessary to succeed in Iowa’s rapidly growing viticulture business. The program is specifically designed to include field work and laboratory practicum at local vineyards.

Some of the courses listed may not be available online through NICC, however all courses are available online through at least one of the participating VESTA consortium colleges. Students interested in the Viticulture program should become familiar with VESTA by visiting their website at www.vesta-usa.org.

Viticulture

Admissions Requirements:

  • Submission of your official high school transcript with ACT score.
  • Submission of transcript from any college or university previously attended.
  • Completion of ACCUPLACER assessment if necessary.

Viticulture

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Credits: 18

View the printable Ed Plan.

Term 1
CourseTitleCredits
BCA:212 Intro to Computer Business Apps 3.0
VIN:111 Vineyard Establishment and Maintenance 3.0
VIN:211 **Integrated Pest Management 2.0

 

Term 2
CourseTitleCredits
AGA:142 Soils for Viticulture 3.0
VIN:113 **Winter Viticulture Technology 2.0
VIN:190 Vineyard Safety 1.0
VIN:213 **Regional Vineyard Management 2.0

 

Term 3
CourseTitleCredits
VIN:115 **Summer/Fall Viticulture Technology 2.0


**Courses completed through VESTA.

Some of the courses listed may not be available online through NICC, however all courses are available online through at least one of the participating VESTA consortium colleges.

Viticulture

Employment Information:

Estimated Salary (Midwest Region)

$42,155  (2013 Wine Business Monthly)

Estimated Annual Openings

In 2012, the wine industry in Iowa employed 2,678 full-time equivalent workers, representing 51% growth. (Iowa State Univerity, 2014)

Sample Job Titles

Equipment Operation and Maintenance Manager
Pest Control Supervisor
Vineyard Seasonal Laborer
Vineyard Manager
Vineyard Technician
Viticulturist

Viticulture

Additional Information:

This program is offered through Northeast Iowa Community College's membership and association with VESTA (Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance), a national center of excellence funded primarily by the National Science Foundation. VESTA provides the expertise and resources of 17 participating colleges spanning from Washington state to New York state.  The VESTA alliance allows students access to industry and educational experts from coast to coast, and the online format allows students to complete that degrees without leaving their community.

Contacts

Douglas Binsfeld
Dean of Arts & Sciences, Peosta
800.728.7367, ext 207
binsfeldd@nicc.edu