Two Alamo Colleges To Add New Programs
December 13, 2019
In spring 2020, Palo Alto College will launch its all-new viticulture and enology program to give students the opportunity to join the growing wine industry in Texas.
The program will allow students to earn an associate of applied science degree in viticulture and enology.
This unique program puts a focus on the labor side of the workforce, as opposed to the entrepreneurial aspect. Those completing the program will have a thorough, scientific understanding of the wine-making process, and a very hands-on experience with lab analyses, and will gain exposure to winery equipment and operations, including behind-the-scenes tours at local wineries.
Courses will cover agricultural science basics such as plant biology, soil science, food science, and pest management. Students will learn about the variety of grapes and wines around the world, food safety and packaging, and marketing and business management.
Students who complete the program and earn their degree will get the chance to join the high-demand Texas wine industry that generates nearly $13.1 billion in economic activity, which includes 104,267 jobs paying $4.33 billion in wages and is one of the highest-traveled wine regions in the U.S. with 1.1 million tourist visitors generating $716.6 million in expenditures.
Northeast Lakeview College also is planning to add two new programs. As a first step, the Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees approved NLC’s request to offer an associate of applied science degree in social media and digital marketing and an associate of applied science degree and Level 1 certificate in logistics and supply chain management. Both programs will be submitted to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for approval. The social media and digital marketing degree offering is unique to the Alamo Colleges. The demand for social media marketing professionals in the San Antonio area is high, with projected job openings of 681 jobs per year and an entry-level wage of $18.62 per hour.
The Logistics and Supply Chain Management Program is also offered at Palo Alto College (PAC), and PAC and NLC have collaborated to assure that the number of graduates in both programs and the high level of need for trained logistics professionals merits the addition of this program at NLC. The demand for logistics professionals locally is high, with 798 projected job openings per year and an entry-level wage of $24.89 per hour.