Viticulture and enology are two words we’ll all become familiar with now that Central Lakes College has joined the regional center of excellence known as “Viticulure and Enology Science and Technology Alliance.” It is focused on grape and wine education for the 21st century. CLC is the only Minnesota college in the eight-school consortium. It means CLC is able to offer an online certificate and degree program that can lead graduates to enter the grape-growing or winemaking industry as well as providing professional training for existing industry workers. The other schools are in Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Michigan. VESTA is funded by the National Science Foundation. Dr. Suresh Tiwari, CLC’s Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, is a member of the management team and is the state coordinator.
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