The IAT Viticulture program at Northwestern Michigan College provides students an opportunity to apply practical knowledge and training to the selection and use of grape production and vineyard management.
The program provides students with a background in plant science along with specific expertise and skills needed for careers in the grape industry. It combines classroom instruction and theory with practical, applied learning through field experiences and an internship.
Students can also choose to take online courses from the Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA).
Areas of study include:
- Soil science
- Plant diseases
- Pruning techniques
- Vineyard management
- Pest management
- Financial/business management
Following graduation, students receive an MSU IAT certificate and associate degree from Northwestern Michigan College preparing them for the job market. If interested, students can also transfer into Michigan State University to earn a bachelor’s degree in horticulture or another related degree.
Michigan is ranked top five nationally for grape production, and graduates find careers in a variety of vineyard and wine-related industries inside and outside the state based on their interests.
Some career paths include:
- Vineyard owner
- Vineyard manager
- Vineyard nursery manager
- Vineyard appraiser
The MSU Department of Horticulture lists job opportunities that may be of interest to IAT Viticulture students.
The Viticulture certificate program is only available at our partner location in Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City.
- 60 credits (minimum of 30 MSU credits)
- Up to 5 semesters of classroom instruction, depending on the start date
- 1 semester off-campus internship
Class sizes are small and students receive individualized instruction in addition to experiences at local facilities.
Northwestern Michigan College and IAT coordinators help students find and secure organizations to mentor them as part of their required certificate program internship. Not only does this provide immediate on-the-job experience, but internships also help with networking and industry connections.
For more information or to schedule a visit, contact the Viticulture program coordinator.