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Viticulture Technology

Campus Location: Calmar, Peosta, Online

Program Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Award: Diploma, Associate of Applied Science

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

If general education courses are available via online from NICC and have not already been completed, the courses must be taken from NICC when available. If general education courses are not available via online from NICC, they can be taken at another postsecondary institution and transferred to NICC for purposes of completing the VESTA program and are subject to the prior written approval of the appropriate dean of the VESTA program.

Residency

The requirement of 18 credit hours completed at NICC would be considered satisfied for students who are enrolled in or have completed viticulture and enology courses from a VESTA consortium partner college. The viticulture and enology courses taken from VESTA consortium partner colleges will be considered as equivalent to NICC courses for residency purposes only.

Viticulture Technology

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 Technology

Academic Requirements:

Diploma

Minimum Credits: 31

View the printable Ed Plan (Diploma).

Term 1
CourseTitleCredits
BIO:125 Plant Biology 4.0
VIN:111 Vineyard Establishment and Maintenance 3.0
VIN:211 **Integrated Pest Management 2.0
* Communication Elective 3.0
* Elective 3.0

 

Term 2
CourseTitleCredits
AGA:142 Soils for Viticulture 3.0
CHM:110 Intro to Chemistry 3.0
CHM:111 Intro to Chemistry Lab 1.0
VIN:113 **Winter Viticulture Technology 2.0
VIN:190 Vineyard Safety 1.0
VIN:213 **Regional Vineyard Management 2.0
* Viticulture/Enology Elective 2.0

 

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

 *Electives

Communication Electives: COM:145, COM:155, ENG:021, ENG:105, ENG:106, ENG:221, SPC:112
Electives: ART, ASL, BIO, CHM, CLS, COM, DRA, ECN, ENG, ENV, FLS, GEO, HIS, HUM, LIT, MAT, MUA, MUS, PHI, PHS, PHY, POL, PSY, REL, SOC, SPC; and/or Life Skills; three hours can be taken from BCA:112, BCA:212
Viticulture Electives: VIN:146, VIN:200, VIN:266, VIN:270, VIN:272

**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.

Associate of Applied Science

Minimum Credits: 66

View the printable Ed Plan (AAS).

Term 1
CourseTitleCredits
BIO:112 General Biology I 4.0
ENG:105 Composition I 3.0
MAT:102 Intermediate Algebra OR 4.0
  Math Elective (transfer-level) 3.0
SDV:108 The College Experience 1.0
VIN:111 Vineyard Establishment and Maintenance 3.0

 

Term 2
CourseTitleCredits
AGA:142 Soils for Viticulture 3.0
BCA:212 Intro to Computer Business Apps

3.0

CHM:110 Intro to Chemistry 3.0
CHM:111 Intro to Chemistry Lab 1.0
VIN:113 **Winter Viticulture Technology 2.0
VIN:146 **Intro to Enology 3.0

 

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

Technical Elective

3.0

 

Term 4
CourseTitleCredits
AGR:157 **Principles of Agricultural Mechanization 3.0
BIO:125 Plant Biology 4.0
BUS:211 Business Statistics 4.0
PHY:106 Survey of Physics OR 4.0
  Physics Elective (transfer-level) 4.0
VIN:211 **Integrated Pest Management 2.0

 

Term 5
CourseTitleCredits
COM:723 Workplace Communication OR 3.0
SPC:112 Public Speaking 3.0
ENG:108 Composition II: Technical Writing 3.0
POL:111 American National Government 3.0
VIN:190 Vineyard Safety 1.0
VIN:213 **Regional Vineyard Management 2.0
VIN:266 Sensory Evaluation 3.0

*Electives

Technical Electives:  ADM:116, ADM:119, ADM:141, ADM:148, ADM:162, ADM:181, ADM:936, BCA, BUS, CIS, ECN, FIN, GRA, LGL, MGT, MKT, NET:103, NET:156, NET:318, NET:453, NET:946, TRV:113, TRV:114

**Courses completed through VESTA

Viticulture Technology

Employment Information:

View Gainful Employment information for this program.

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 Technology

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