|Latino Ag Education Program
The Latino Ag Education Program is offered in partnership with Wenatchee Valley College, the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers, and Yakima Valley Community College. The goal of LAEP is to equip Latino employees in the wine and grape industry with the technical expertise that will allow them to advance and flourish.
Courses are held every Friday starting in November and going through March.
2017/2018 COURSE OFFERINGS
Planning for the 2017/2018 LAEP program is underway. Currently a Level 1 course, open to men and women, and a Vineyard Management and Integrated Pest Management Course, open to the 2017 Level 2 graduates, are being considered. There is possibility for an additional Level 1 course open to women if there is enough industry interest.
The introductory Level 1 course is designed for Latino employees in the field of viticulture. Taught in Spanish, the course emphasizes technical English wine terminology. The curriculum introduces students to the "whys" of the many production and management practices of wine grapes and their juices. Topics include wine industry historical perspectives, vine physiology
The Vineyard Management and Integrated Pest Management course is a more advanced course in the LAEP series. It is recommended that students have already completed both Level 1 and Level 2 before enrolling in this course. It provides intensive technical instruction to prepare Latino vineyard employees as pest management scouts and to introduce them to basic vineyard economics and management. The purpose of this course is to prepare students for mid-management and management positions. Students will participate in at least one industry field trip and the cost of registration includes attendance at the Spanish Language session during the 2018 Convention.
Call 509-782-8234 or email Rachel with questions or for more information.