New: Viticulture certificate

Northwest Michigan's thriving grape and wine industry will have a new pipeline to a trained workforce thanks to a partnership between Northwestern Michigan College (NMC), Michigan State University (MSU), and the online VESTA program at Missouri State University. 

As soon as summer 2010, students may begin coursework toward a new viticulture certificate offered by MSU, with an option to complete an associate degree from NMC. Students will enroll through the MSU office at NMC's University Center. All classes will be offered online or in Traverse City.

Students who enroll will take general education credits at NMC. MSU and VESTA — the Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance — will offer viticulture-specific courses online. MSU will also assist students with arranging practicum and internship experiences at some of the more than two dozen wineries in northwest Michigan.

Plant Science - Applied

NMC and Michigan State University are partners in a one-of-a-kind program which allows students to earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree from NMC and an Applied Plant Science Certificate from MSU's Institute of Agricultural Technology in one of four areas:

  • NEW: Viticulture
  • Commercial Turfgrass Operations
  • Landscape Horticulture
  • Commercial Horticulture Operations

Students may complete all required courses for the MSU Applied Plant Science Certificate during late afternoons and evenings.

The NMC + MSU Applied Plant Science program includes professional workplace internships, industry seminars, independent study options and individual advising and program planning. The program brings together the world-acclaimed expertise of Michigan State’s Institute of Agricultural Technology within the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources and the outstanding “close to home and work” academic reputation of Northwestern Michigan College in northern Michigan.

For more information:

Brian Matchett
Michigan State University at NMC’s University Center
(231) 995-1719
matchet4@msu.edu

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