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Viticulture A.A.S. / Diploma

Career Description
Vineyard managers oversee the growing and care of grapes. They develop a system of grape management that is appropriate for each vineyard. They decide how to manage planting, fertility, harvesting and pruning. They are heavily involved in varietal selection, site preparation, equipment maintenance and safety, first season establishment, vine growth development, trellis systems and pruning. They also are involved in pest management, soil quality and the overall impact on the environment.

Program Information
The Viticulture Technology program provides a comprehensive examination of the field of viticulture (grape growing). The program provides the knowledge required to maintain vineyards in Minnesota and the Midwest, with specific attention given to varietal selection, soil preparation, pest management and marketing, as well as the science, agriculture and business skills necessary to succeed in Minnesota’s rapidly growing viticulture business. The program includes fieldwork and practicums at local vineyards.

Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates will be able to:
1. Manage all part-time and seasonal vineyard workers
2. Maintain records of all vineyard operation activities
3. Assist wine maker in crop load management, harvest coordination and execution
4. Monitor the vineyard regarding nutrient status, grape diseases, insect, fungus, weeds, and other pests
5. Maintain records of all viticultural monitoring activities
6. Practice IPM (Integrated Pest Management)
7. Recommend and plan any large scale changes in vineyard plantings, specifically cultivars and selection of the site
8. Plan and assist in irrigation scheduling and operation
9. Plan and assist in general property maintenance
10. Operate vineyard machinery safely

Transfer Opportunities
Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA) is a consortium of colleges, including Central Lakes College, Northeast Iowa Community College, Missouri State University, and Rend Lake (Ill.) Community College, and Redlands (Okla) Community College.

VESTA Consortium


Career Titles
Vineyard manager, vine nursery manager, vineyard designer, vineyard developer, pest controller, crew supervisor, equipment supervisor, research viticulturist.

Employment Opportunities
Job opportunities in vineyard management are tied to trends in grape production. Growing grapes in Minnesota is becoming increasingly popular. Statistics from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture show an increase in both the number of farms growing grapes and the total acreage. Employment opportunities are available locally, regionally and nationwide.


Viticulture

VITICULTURE, AAS CURRICULUM
First Year - Fall Semester
BIOL 1431 General Biology I (5cr)
COMP 1101 Computer Fundamentals (3cr)
MATH 1506 Beginning College Algebra (4cr)
VITI 1111 Introduction to Viticulture and Vineyard Establishment (3cr)
Total 15 Credits

Spring Semester
CHEM 1414 Fundamentals of Chemistry (4cr)
ENGL 1410 Composition I (4cr)
SPCH 1431 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3cr)
VITI 1113* Winter Viticulture Technology (2cr)
VITI 1293 Soils for Viticulture (3cr)
Total 16 Credits

Summer Semester
VITI 1115* Summer/Fall Viticulture Technology (2cr)
Total 2 Credits

Second Year - Fall Semester
BIOL 1134 General Botany (4cr)
MATH 1460 Intro to Statistics (4cr)
VITI 1190 Viticulture Safety (1cr)
VITI 1211 Integrated Pest Management (2cr)
VITI 1213* Midwest Vineyard Management (2cr)
Total 13 Credits

Spring Semester

AGR 157 Principles of Agriculture Mechanization (3cr)
BUSN 116 Business Communication (3cr)
POLS 1435 American Government and Politics (3cr)
VITI 1114* Spring Viticulture Technology (2cr)
Elective (3cr)
Total 14 Credits

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT 60 CREDITS
*Denotes Prerequisites

VITICULTURE, DIPLOMA CURRICULUM
Gainful Employment

First year - Fall Semester
BIOL 1134 General Botany (4cr)
VITI 1111 Introduction to Viticulture and Vineyard Establishment (3cr)
VITI 1211 Integrated Pest Management (2cr)
VITI 1293 Soils for Viticulture (3cr)
VITI 1190 Viticulture Safety (1cr)
Total 13 Credits

Spring Semester
CHEM 1414 Fundamentals of Chemistry (4cr)
COMP 1101 Computer Fundamentals (3cr)
VITI 1113* Winter Viticulture Technology (2cr)
VITI 1213* Midwest Vineyard Management (2cr)
VITI 1114* Spring Viticulture Technology (2cr)
Elective (3cr)
Total 16 Credits

Summer Semester
VITI 1115* Summer/Fall Viticulture Technology (2cr)
Total 2 Credits 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT 31 CREDITS

 

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