Calmar, Peosta, Online
Program Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer
Award: Associate of Applied Science
The Viticulture Technician 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 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 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 Technician program should become familiar with VESTA by visiting its website.
If general education courses are available via online from Northeast Iowa Community College 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 dean of the VESTA program.
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.
|MAT:102||Intermediate Algebra OR||4.0|
|Math Elective (transfer-level)||3.0|
|SDV:179||The College Experience||3.0|
|VIN:111||Intro to Viticulture and Vineyard Establishment (VESTA)||3.0|
|VIN:112||Botanical Viticulture (VESTA)||4.0|
|AGA:142||Soils for Viticulture (VIN:293)||3.0|
|VIN:105||Molecular Principles of Grape and Wine (VESTA)||4.0|
|VIN:146||Intro to Enology (VESTA)||3.0|
|VIN:212||Winter Viticulture Technology (VESTA)||2.0|
|VIN:215||Summer/Fall Viticulture Technology (VESTA)||2.0|
|BCA:212||Intro to Computer Business Apps||3.0|
|PHY:106||Survey of Physics OR||4.0|
|Physics Elective (transfer-level)||4.0|
|VIN:211||Integrated Pest Management (VESTA)||2.0|
|ENG:106||Composition II OR||3.0|
|POL:111||American National Government||3.0|
|VIN:213||Regional Vineyard Management (VESTA)||2.0|
|VIN:214||Spring Viticulture Technology (VESTA)||2.0|
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 or any VESTA or NICC VIN elective
**Any VESTA or NICC VIN elective
Equipment Operation and Maintenance Manager
Pest Control Supervisor
Vineyard Seasonal Laborer
Salary and opening information provided by NICC Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
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