Winery Cellar Leadership Program

 

WINERY CELLAR LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

Presented in partnership by Yakima Valley College and Winegrowers, the Winery Cellar Leadership Program (WCLP) is a new industry educational program offering. The WCLP is intended for existing or prospective cellar leads who wish to further their career in the industry, already have experience, and are currently working at a winery. Through two different course levels, the WCLP with will focus on the cellar aspects of winemaking from the receipt of grapes until wine is in the bottle; leadership in a cellar environment; winery-specific math conversions and formulas; and basic computer skills.

The purpose of the WCLP is to provide access for the greater wine industry and students interested in viticulture and wine-related careers to a certified educational and professional development program. Those students that complete the program will be better trained to take leadership positions within the winery cellar team. The WCLP fulfills an industry-informed need: skilled and leadership-ready labor in the cellar. 

Questions about registration? Email Kate at ktaylor@wawinegrowers.org or call at 509.782.8234.
Questions about the program? Contact Professor Trent Ball at 509.882.7007.


2019 Program

Are you or do you know someone who is an existing or prospective cellar lead wanting to further their career? Register for the Level I course in the Winery Cellar Leadership Program (WCLP).

Did you complete the WCLP Level I course last spring? Want to continue your education? Register for the new program offering, a Level II course – Barrel to Bottle, beginning in April 2019. If you are interested in Level II, please email Kate Taylor.

Learn more about the courses below.


Level I - Crush to Barrel


When: Class is every Wednesday starting April 3, 2019 until May 22, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: Workforce Education Center (room 51-198) on the Grandview Campus of Yakima Valley College
Fee: $400

Course Description: 
 
 This course level is intended for existing or prospective cellar leads who wish to further their career in the industry, already have experience, and are currently working at a winery. The course will be taught in English. Regular attendance is required. This course is serving industry needs with new training for individuals in cellar production and winery operations to enhance their skills in leadership, communication (public speaking, negotiation, netiquette), scheduling, winery related math conversions, and computer skills.



Level II - Barrel to Bottle


When: Class is every Thursday starting April 4, 2019 until May 23, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: Workforce Education Center (room 51-198) on the Grandview Campus of Yakima Valley College
Fee: $400

Course Description: 
This course level is intended for existing cellar leads who have completed Level I—Crush to Barrel—and are currently working at a winery. The course will be taught in English. Regular attendance is required. Students (and their employers) must be committed to employee’s attendance. This course is serving industry needs with new training for individuals in cellar production who wish to build on their skills from taking Level I and enhance their skills in leadership, communication, scheduling, winery related math conversions, and computer skills. Related cellar activities from Barrel to Bottle will focus on the what, when, why, where and how of best-cellar-production practices that apply to a wide spectrum of operations.

If you are interested in registering for Level II, please email Kate Taylor or call at 509.782.8234.

*Full refunds are allowed up to 2 weeks prior to the start of the class. If cancel within the 2 weeks, students receive funds back minus a $50 processing fee.


Join the industry to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2019 WCLP students!

Save the date! The Certification and Connection Reception, recognizing students from both levels, will be an opportunity to gather for the good of the industry. We encourage employers to attend.

Date: May 30, 2019
Where: 
Workforce Education Center (room 56-198) on the Grandview Campus of Yakima Valley College
Time:
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

 

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