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).
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.
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.