Campus Location: Calmar, Peosta, Online
Program Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer
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.
|BCA:212||Intro to Computer Business Apps||3.0|
|VIN:111||Vineyard Establishment and Maintenance||3.0|
|VIN:211||**Integrated Pest Management||2.0|
|AGA:142||Soils for Viticulture||3.0|
|VIN:113||**Winter Viticulture Technology||2.0|
|VIN:213||**Regional Vineyard Management||2.0|
|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.
$42,155 (2013 Wine Business Monthly)
In 2012, the wine industry in Iowa employed 2,678 full-time equivalent workers, representing 51% growth. (Iowa State Univerity, 2014)
Equipment Operation and Maintenance Manager
Pest Control Supervisor
Vineyard Seasonal Laborer
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.
Dean of Arts & Sciences, Peosta
800.728.7367, ext 207