In September 2007 Yakima Valley Community College’s (YVCC) Agriculture Department started the Vineyard and Winery Technology Program at both its Yakima and Grandview campuses.
Through this program students obtain an Associates of Applied Science degree or a certificate in Vineyard Technology and/or Winery Technology. At the Grandview Campus is the program’s commercial Teaching Winery, Yakima Valley Vintners. In addition to this 1,400 square foot Teaching Winery, the facility includes traditional classrooms, a science laboratory, tasting room and two start-up winery incubator spaces. Some distinct advantages of the YVCC Vineyard and Winery Technology Program include:
• Industry based advisory committee;
• Evening courses that start after 5 p.m., providing for a flexible work schedule;
• Central location, with classes in Yakima and Grandview;
• Commercial Teaching Winery, with wet chemistry and analytical capabilities;
• Teaching Vineyard, consisting of three Vitis vinifera varieties: Riesling, Cabernet Franc and Lemberger; and
• Tasting room that sells award-winning student crafted wines: www.yakimavalleyvintners.com.
Since receiving a grant from the National Science Foundation in 2010 and becoming part of the VESTA National Center of Excellence in 2011, the YVCC Vineyard and Winery Technology Program is now offering online and hybrid courses year around. Students receive hands-on training in both the vineyard and winery courses by participating in evening and/or weekend workshops on the YVCC Campuses. The offering of online and hybrid courses increases flexibility for students currently employed in the industry who want to pursue a degree or certificate in Vineyard and/or Winery Technology.
Students and graduates of the program work successfully in the Washington grape and wine industry as interns and full-time employees. Examples of careers for graduates include farm manager, vineyard technician, laboratory technician, cellar worker, assistant winemaker, tasting room attendant and manager, owners and entrepreneurs.
To receive more information about course offerings please visit www.yvcc.edu/wine, or contact Trent Ball at (509) 882-7007, email@example.com. Visit Yakima Valley Vintners in September 2014, mention this article and receive 10 percent off your entire purchase.