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 a specialized professional internship.

Students can also choose to take online courses from the Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA).

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Areas of study include:

  • Soil science
  • Plant diseases
  • Pruning techniques
  • Vineyard management
  • Pest management
  • Financial/business management

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Career Opportunities

Following graduation, students well prepared to enter the job market. 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
  • Consultant
  • Viticulturist

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.

Program overview:

  • 48 total credits to complete the program
  • Classes are taught online and in person
  • Professional internship in agricultural technology

Learn more about the MSU requirements and courses in the Viticulture certificate program


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.

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