College winemaking

With the state of Washington boasting the second most wineries in the country after California, and ranking third in overall wine production, it should come as no surprise that a local community college seized the opportunity to incorporate the ever-growing viticulture industry into its curriculum, the Huffington Post reports. In a segment for PBS NewsHour, special correspondent John Tulenko profiled Walla Walla Community College, which 12 years ago launched its wine school — the first of its kind in the nation. The two-year degree program teaches grape growing, pressing, barreling, blending and tasting — all on-site at the college’s vineyard. According to the PBS report, the program attracts students from across the country. A recent survey found that 80 percent of graduates are employed in the wine industry as vineyard managers, winemakers, cellar workers and wine sellers, with most earning between $25,000 and $55,000 a year…

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