Latino Ag Education Program

 

latino agricultural education program

Winegrowers, in partnership with the Wenatchee Valley College and Yakima Valley College, offers the Latino Agricultural Education Program (LAEP) for viticulture to members and the broader industry. The goal of LAEP is to equip Latino employees in the grape and wine industry with the technical expertise and resources.

Questions about any of these events? Email Kate at ktaylor@wawinegrowers.org.


2018-19 Program

When: Every Friday from November 2 through March 15 with a break in December. 
Class Schedule: Click here to view full schedule
Classes Offered: Level 1 and Level 2 (must have completed Level 1)
Where: 
Yakima Valley Community College, Grandview Campus | Classrooms U-170 and U-131
Fees:

  • Level 1 - $325 per person to cover field trips, books, and related expenses. This fee includes attendance at the Spanish language session during the February 2019 Winegrowers Convention. 
  • Level 2 - $350 per person to cover field trips, books, and related expenses. This fee includes attendance at the Spanish language session during the February 2019 Winegrowers Convention. 

Course Descriptions: 

  • Level 1: The goal of LAEP is to equip Latino employees in the wine and grape industry with the technical expertise that will allow them to advance and flourish within their profession. This course is designed for Latino employees in the field of viticulture. Taught in Spanish, the course emphasizes technical English wine terminology. The curriculum introduces students to the “whys” of the many production and management practices of wine grapes and their juices. Topics include wine industry historical perspectives, vine physiology, canopy management, soils, irrigation, nutrition, thinning, harvest, wine, marketing, and vineyard management. Students participate in at least one industry field trip.  Participation in this class also provides access to the Spanish language session at the Washington Winegrowers Association February Convention. 

  • Level 2: This course is designed for Latino employees in the field of viticulture and is a continuation of the introductory Level One course.  Level Two offers more in-depth information about the production systems and management of wine grapes and their juices. Attendance to Level One is required before attending Level Two.  The course covers site selection and vineyard establishment, soils, pests and irrigation management, human resources, vineyard business plan, marketing and whole farm ecosystems. The curriculum builds on applicable English language, management, and soft skills. Students participate in at least one industry field trip.  Participation in this class also provides access to the Spanish language session at the Washington Winegrowers Association February Convention.

BOTH classes also offer 8-10 WSDA Private Applicator Re-certification credits to those with Pesticide Licenses. Successful completion of LAEP Levels 1 and 2 satisfies course work for AGSCI 135 General Viticulture (3 credits) at YVCC only.


 



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