Cabrillo College Introduces Wine Studies Program to Meet Industry Demands

Cabrillo College is set to launch its “Wine Studies Associate in Science” degree in the fall of 2024 in response to the growing demands of the wine industry. This new degree program, approved in October, has been developed over three years by instructor Deborah Parker Wong in collaboration with an industry advisory board comprised of professionals from Santa Cruz County.

Located in the Santa Cruz Mountains American Viticultural Area, a renowned winegrowing region, Cabrillo College is an ideal place to study wine. Parker Wong, the driving force behind the program, emphasizes the importance of providing students with a clear pathway to higher education and career success. She hopes to equip them with the skills necessary to easily transition into four-year programs.

The “Wine Studies” program offers 11 major courses, covering various aspects of winemaking, wine grape viticulture, and world wines. What sets this program apart is the opportunity for students to transfer seven courses to both the California State University and the University of California systems. This ensures that students can further their education and open doors to diverse career paths within the wine industry.

In addition to the degree program, Cabrillo College offers two companion certifications. The certificate of achievement in Wine Studies, introduced in 2022, provides a solid foundation for students seeking employment in the wine industry. It requires the successful completion of seven courses. There is also a noncredit global wine certificate of completion, which is designed to enhance skills and increase employability.

Annabelle Rodriguez, dean of career education and workforce development, expresses enthusiasm for the Wine Studies degree, highlighting its relevance and alignment with industry needs. This program opens up new opportunities for students to venture into the dynamic world of wine.

Cabrillo College’s Wine Studies department is part of the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Division and plays an integral role in the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Department. Since its inception in 2000, the Wine Studies program has grown and evolved, offering students valuable skills in wine service and a pathway to pursue higher education in enology and viticulture.

With the introduction of this new program, Cabrillo College is expanding its career-focused offerings, catering to the demands of the ever-evolving wine industry. The Wine Studies degree represents a significant step forward for the college and its commitment to providing students with the best opportunities for success in their chosen field.

FAQ about Cabrillo College’s Wine Studies Degree Program:

1. What is the Wine Studies Associate in Science degree program?
The Wine Studies program is a degree program offered by Cabrillo College that provides students with a comprehensive education in various aspects of winemaking, wine grape viticulture, and world wines.

2. When will the Wine Studies degree program be launched?
The Wine Studies degree program is set to launch in the fall of 2024.

3. How long has the Wine Studies degree program been in development?
The degree program has been developed over three years in collaboration with an industry advisory board comprising professionals from Santa Cruz County.

4. What are the major courses offered in the Wine Studies program?
The program offers 11 major courses that cover different areas of winemaking, wine grape viticulture, and world wines.

5. Can students transfer courses from the Wine Studies program to other universities?
Yes, students can transfer seven courses from the Wine Studies program to both the California State University and the University of California systems, providing them with a clear pathway to further education.

6. Are there any certificates offered in addition to the degree program?
Yes, Cabrillo College also offers two companion certifications. The Certificate of Achievement in Wine Studies is designed for students seeking employment in the wine industry, requiring the completion of seven courses. The noncredit Global Wine Certificate of Completion enhances skills and employability.

7. What is the significance of Cabrillo College’s Wine Studies program?
The program aligns with the growing demands of the wine industry and provides students with valuable skills and knowledge to pursue a career in enology and viticulture. It also offers opportunities for higher education and diverse career paths within the wine industry.

8. What is the role of the Wine Studies department within Cabrillo College?
The Wine Studies department is part of the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Division and plays an integral role in the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Department. It offers students valuable skills in wine service and a pathway to higher education.

9. How does the Wine Studies program cater to the needs of the wine industry?
By offering a comprehensive education in wine studies, Cabrillo College fulfills the industry’s demand for skilled professionals. The program equips students with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in the dynamic world of wine.

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