What is VESTA?
The Viticulture Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA) is a partnership
The Viticulture Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded partnership between the Missouri State University system and colleges, universities, vineyards and wineries across America. These partners share a 21st Century vision for education in grape growing and winemaking.
The VESTA Resource Center seeks to be the preferred destination for resources and services that will advance the U.S. Grape and Wine Industry (GWI). An alliance of educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and private industry working together with different levels of government offers a unique way to address the deployment of Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) opportunities in the GWI and other high-technology fields across the country.
VESTA is collaborating with industry associations, government agencies, colleges and universities, and related non-profit organizations to implement U.S. Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeships for vineyards and wineries. This unique and flexible employer-driven model will enhance recruitment, advancement, and retention of employees.
Visit Apprenticeship.gov to learn more about apprenticeships. Once an employer starts an apprentice program they can be discovered by potential apprentices. If you are interested in seeking an apprenticeship but need more guidance, find an American Job Center near you. They help businesses find qualified workers and can help you obtain an apprenticeship to enhance your career. VESTA can serve as the educational source for the required technical instruction.