This curriculum is designed to prepare individuals for various careers in the grape growing and wine making industry. Classroom instruction, practical laboratory applications of viticulture/enology principles and practices are included in the program of study.
Course work in viticulture includes aspects of plant science, vineyard stock selection and propagation, vine nutrition and pest management, planning, layout, economics and management of vineyards. Those interested in enology will receive training in the classroom, laboratory and field in the tools and techniques wine making. Related courses in microbiology and fermentation science, sensory analysis, winery economics and marketing are offered.
Graduates should qualify for employment opportunities in vineyards, wineries, garden centers, greenhouses, related sales areas and government agencies. Graduates should also be prepared to take the North Carolina Pesticide Applicators Examination and the North Carolina Certified Plant Professional Examination.
JSCC offers the following educational programs in this area: