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LAEP Program

Unlocking Success: Latino Agriculture Education for Viticulture Program

We're excited to bring insights into our transformative Latino Agriculture Education for Viticulture Program (LAEP). Established in 2006, this program is a collaborative effort between the Washington Winegrowers, Wenatchee Valley Community College, and Yakima Valley College, aimed at empowering individuals within the viticulture industry.

Empowerment Through Knowledge:

The heart of the Latino Agriculture Education for Viticulture Program lies in its purpose: to provide participants with hands-on knowledge and practical skills that can be immediately applied to enhance their daily vineyard practices. The program spans an entire grape production season and encompasses critical areas such as marketing, human resources, and vineyard practices. Conducted primarily in English, this approach not only fosters language proficiency but also promotes holistic personal development.

Advancing Expertise with LAEP:

Our program offers various levels of expertise to cater to individuals at different stages of their viticulture journey. Let's take a closer look at two of these levels:

Looking Ahead:

For those looking to begin their journey or continue their growth, we're excited to announce that our Level 1 -- Introduction to Viticulture course, as well as Level 3 -- Vineyard Management and Integrated Pest Management, will be offered in Fall 2024.

Affordable Excellence:

We understand the importance of accessible education. Each level of the program costs $325, ensuring that valuable knowledge is within reach for all aspiring viticulture enthusiasts.

To join us in this educational journey and secure your spot in our upcoming courses, visit our website to register. With the Latino Agriculture Education for Viticulture Program, you're not just learning but cultivating a brighter future for yourself and the viticulture community.

Stay tuned for more updates and success stories from our LAEP graduates. Together, let's grow and thrive!

Since 2006 the Washington Winegrowers has partnered with the Wenatchee Valley College and the Yakima Valley College for the LAEP program. The purpose of the program is to equip Spanish speaking viticulture employees with the technical expertise and resources that will allow them to advance and flourish within their profession.

Questions about any of these events? Email

2023-2024 Dates: 

Classes start on Friday, November 3, 2023, and run through the end of March, 2024.
(Christmas break- last class on Friday, December 15 and back to class on Friday, January 5, 2024)
Graduation on Friday, March 15, 2024


Yakima Valley College- Grandview Campus

Cost:  $325

This includes the weekly course as well as the Spanish language session at WineVit®.


  • Ability to read and write Spanish.
  • Basic English is not required
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