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Viticulture - Northwestern Michigan College

Program Contact:

Brian Matchett
Program Coordinator
Institute of Agricultural Technology
Northern Michigan Office
2200 Dendrinos Dr., Suite 207
Traverse City, MI 49686
office  231-995-1719
matchet4@msu.edu

Viticulture is a term used that refers to grape production and vineyard management.  In response to an industry need for professionals with regional grape industry knowledge, the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology has partnered with Northwestern Michigan College to offer a Viticulture Certificate program in Northwest Michigan.  Students in the program will also take online courses from the Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA).  This combined program will enable students to complete a Viticulture Certificate from the Institute of Agricultural Technology while working towards an Associate’s degree from NMC.

The Viticulture Certificate program provides students with a solid background in plant science along with specific expertise and skills needed for careers in the grape industry.  Michigan ranks in the top 5 nationally for grape production with the grapes being used to produce a variety of products. 

Careers may include vineyard owner, vineyard manager, vineyard nursery manager, vineyard appraiser, consultant, viticulturist, or even agricultural commodities broker. 

For more information contact the program coordinator listed above or the Institute of Agricultural Technology.

You can download MSU_IViticulture_NWM_final.pdf to learn more.

Requirements for Viticulture Certificate at Northwestern Michigan College

IAT Certificate Courses

 

AT

293

Professional   Internship in Agricultural Technology

3 credits

ENT

110

Applied Entomology of Economic Plants

3

ESA

225

Land &   Environmental Issues in Law and Policy

3

HRT

334

Current Issues in Viticulture and Enology

1

HRT

432

Principles   and Practices of Grape Production I

3

PLP

200

Plant   Diseases and their Pathogens

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

NMC Courses

 

BIO

108

Plant   Biology

4 credits

CHM

101

Introduction to Chemistry

4

CIT

100

Introduction   to Computers in Business

3

ECO

201 or 202

Principles   of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics

3

ENG

111

English   Composition

4

MTH

111

Intermediate   Algebra

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

VESTA Courses

 

VIN

111

Intro to Viticulture & Vineyard Establishment

3 credits

VIN

113

Winter Viticulture Technology

2

VIN

114

Spring Viticulture Technology

2

VIN

115

Summer/Fall Viticulture Technology

2

VIN

190

Vineyard Safety

1

VIN

293

Soils for Viticulture

3

 

 

Electives

 

VIN

146

Introduction to Enology

3

VIN

266

Sensory Evaluation

3