What is VESTA?
Imagine taking college courses, earning college credit, expanding your understanding of the grape and wine industry and never leaving your home or office. The Viticulture Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA) is a NSF funded partnership between the Missouri State University system, two year schools throughout America, state agriculture agencies, vineyards and wineries with a 21st Century vision for education in grape growing and winemaking.
The goal of VESTA is to establish programs of study in viticulture and enology through collaborations with educational institutions, government and industry. A unique partnership of universities and community colleges across the nation provide students access to coursework that is delivered online thereby enabling learning to occur anytime, anywhere.
Additionally, the VESTA program provides opportunities for students to participate in hands-on field experiences through partnerships developed with area vineyards and wineries, thus providing students with laboratory experience in their location.
VESTA serves as a pathway for individuals interested in certificated training in viticulture and enology. In addition, students interested in progressing to an Associates Degree of Applied Science may utilize the high quality courses of VESTA in conjunction with general education courses taken at a local college.
What Do Students Have to Say About VESTA?
"Sometimes I think I am the luckiest guy in the world. I have just finished another really good class tonight ...and another really great week of assignments and learning with Marilyn Odneal ...I feel very blessed."
~ Walter Borda, MN
".... thanks for the opportunity with this class... it was really good!"
~ Michele Koelling, MO
(re: Grape Expectations Teacher Workshop 2005)
This web page last updated Monday August 25th, 2010