Pacific Northwest Wine Education Collaborative​​​

A Washington needs assessment conducted in 2014 estimated that through 2018 there will be a shortage of technically-trained employees in the areas of Viticulture (grape growing), Enology (winemaking), and Wine Marketing/Sales.

Students can now access two-year degrees and professional certification across Washington State to meet their career path needs. Course work is offered online and through hands-on training opportunities.

  • No placement testing or enrollment fees for Certificate/Class registration.
  • Enrollment at more than one institution can be combined to establish financial aid eligibility.
  • Certificate only students – please check with the Financial Aid Office to confirm eligibility. Eligibility may vary by college.
  • Academic and Career Advising are available and recommended.
  • Contact the Program Contact at the participating college to assist with your registration.

About the National Science Foundation Grant

PNWEC Seeks Industry Partners

PNWEC college partners will work with the Washington wine industry to provide practicum sites for hands-on learning activities not obtainable on some of the college campuses as well as increase internship and work experience opportunities, which will further strengthen graduates’ competencies in the disciplines. Finally this project provides a science-, technology-, and math-rich training opportunity for current employees in the wine grape industry through the Latino Agriculture Education Program (LAEP).

Intellectual Merit

This project is using the ‘Developing A Curriculum’ (DACUM) process to address workplace competencies for two new proposed certificates in Entrepreneurship and Sustainability. A career pathway will be formalized for students in articulated high school courses to move into technical certificate, Associate degree, and Bachelor degree programs.

Broader Impacts

A regional online and hybrid curriculum will broaden the project’s reach by providing access to the viticulture and enology expertise at each participating institution, giving more low-income and minority students across Washington State access to a high-demand occupation while giving place-bound incumbent workers the ability to advance their education. The three-institution collaboration will develop enhanced ideas and best practices in curriculum design, professional development, and technical- and science-based training.


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