So you have some questions regarding the VESTA program; Perhaps these frequently asked questions can provide you with the answers you are seeking.
If we have not answered your questions, please email us with your question and we will be pleased to answer it for you. Send your questions to: Michelle Norgren, VESTA Center Director: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration is simple and convenient. After you have created an online account, selected the course or courses you wish to enroll, complete the Joint Admission/Registration form onlne. Your Registration information will be submitted to the VESTA National Center office.
We have an impressive collection of master instructors and industry experts that teach our VESTA courses. You can find a complete listing of our instructor by accessing the Faculty page.
Yes, you will need to complete the form each time you take a VESTA course. We have involvement from a variety of institutions and your contact and personal information will need to be sent to the institution that delivers the course you have selected.
Your Home Institution is the institution that will grant your degree or certificate. You are free to select a Home Institution from any of the listed VESTA partners that have the VESTA AAS or certificate options approved, the choice is completely up to you. Once you have made your selection, you will indicate your choice on the VESTA Joint Admission/Registration Form.
The Host Institution is the institution that delivers a particular course. Our courses are offered by a variety of institutions.
Should you need to drop a course, it is critical that you notify the VESTA Office. You must complete and submit the Withdrawal/Change of Schedule Form available in the VESTA Student online portal. Failure to make notice of withdrawal or a change in schedule will result in the assigning of a failing grade for the course.
Upon the completion of the VESTA Joint Admission/Registration form, you will be directed to pay for your courses via the VESTA Storefront Portal. You must pay upon registration using a credit card, EFT or Paypal account.
Yes, your financial aid is applicable to your VESTA courses, however, you must declare a home institution and be listed as either an AAS degree or Technical Certificate-seeking student.
For the 2018-2019 Academic year, VESTA courses are $220 per credit hour. Some courses also have related lab fees. These can be reviewed at http://www.vesta-usa.org/Students/Tuition-and-Fees.
If you desire to be a degree seeking student, you will need to send official copies of all past transcripts to the VESTA Program Office, Attention: Michelle Norgren, Karls Hall 201, Missouri State University, 901 S. National, Springfield, MO 65897.
Please send have your institution send official copies of your transcript to the VESTA National Center office.
VESTA National Center
Attn: Michelle Norgren
Karls Hall 201
Missouri State University
901 S. National
Springfield, MO 65897
Please contact the VESTA Instructional Designer Dr. Nicholas Farha at 812-841-4965 or by email at NicholasFarha@missouristate.edu if you have any difficulty accessing a class. Or, as a second resource, contact VESTA Program Coordinator, Cassandra Clark at 417-837-2515 or by email at CassandraLClark@missouristate.edu. Or, as a third resource, contact Michelle Norgren at 417-207-9066 or by email at email@example.com.
Yes. All of your previous transcripts will be reviewed and where possible, courses that are applicable to your degree will be applied.
A Course Management System is a web based format that houses all of your course materials and links. Blackboard, WebCT and Xpress are examples of Course Management Systems. Information regarding your login password and ID for your Course Management System will be mailed to you once your course registration is complete.
If your course is listed as "Asynchronous" it means that the course will not be conducted in real time. All conversations between the instructor, students, and fellow classmates will be done through discussion board postings, and emails. There is no time where you, your classmates and instructor communicate in real time.
If a meeting time for your course is listed in the Class Schedule, this means there is a specific time your course will meet each week. These meetings are conducted through a program called Saba. The instructor and your fellow classmates will log onto Saba during the designated meeting time. During this time, the students and the instructor are able to hold discussions, ask questions, and interact in real time through the use of VoIP (Voice over IP).
A broadband Internet connection is required for VESTA courses.
Yes. All deadlines for enrollment are listed on the VESTA Class Schedule Page.
The class supplies and textbook list can be found on the Textbooks page of the website. This page also includes the cost and purchasing information for all of your needed materials.
A field practicum is a hands-on component that is included in VESTA courses. Students work with a mentor at a winery or vineyard of their choice for a specific number of hours during the semester to master required skills. The courses that require a field practicum are VIN 111, VIN 146, VIN 212, VIN 214, VIN 215, VIN 246, VIN 247, VIN 257, and VIN 259. Full practicum requirements for each course can be found on the Field Practicum page. Other VESTA courses utilize your field site in the completion of major class projects.
A list of VESTA partners who have served as field sites in the past is located on the Practicum Sites page. If you do not see a field site that is close to where you live, you are welcome to ask any vineyard or winery in your area that meets the field site guidelines found on the Field Practicum page. Once you locate a field site which agrees to provide you with a mentor, you will complete a Practicum Site Information sheet and return it to the VESTA office. Information will then be sent to you and your mentor with the appropriate forms and skills list.
If you reside in a VESTA Affiliated State, you are encouraged to contact your state coordinator for assistance. Your state coordinator can be found on the Contact Us tab.
The most important thing to know is that every VESTA online course has an online course site to serve as your “virtual classroom.” Instead of face-to-face delivery, course information and materials are posted on the online course site for students to retrieve and view. Your instructor will guide you through the course via synchronous web-based meetings, online course site announcements and discussions, and e-mail. Your role as an online student is to actively engage in all prescribed class activities and communicate with your instructor and fellow students. Expect to devote 7 to 10 hours each week for a VESTA online course.