INA, Ill. - Whether it's for a backyard operation or large vineyard, Rend Lake College's programs in grape growing and wine making will provide the roots to start right and reach new heights. For more than two years now, RLC has partnered with VESTA to bring programming to students in a convenient, user-friendly format online.
This fall, for the first time, students have the option of starting with a traditional classroom format on the RLC campus. Enrollment is now open for Introduction to Enology (wine making) and Introduction to Viticulture (grape growing) at RLC. Register by contacting Rachel Cristaudo, Illinois VESTA Coordinator at Rend Lake College, at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1724.
"Students can still take advantage of the power of the internet and distance education technologies that bring master instructors and experts to students, anytime, anywhere," Cristaudo said. "But we've added another option that we think will suit students who prefer coming to campus for their courses. And they will be learning from local commercial grape growers and winemakers who will be able to provide them with special field experiences and expertise about this area."
Additional classes being offered online this fall include Winery Sanitation, Intermediate Enology, Wine Production Internship, Wine & Must Analysis, Marketing for Small Wineries, Tasting Room Management, Wine Microbiology, Wines of the World, Introduction to Viticulture, Integrated Pest Management, Midwest Vineyard Management and Soils for Viticulture. Students must be at least 21 years of age to enroll in wine making courses.
For additional information, contact Cristaudo or go online to www.vesta-usa.org.