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DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) -- Increased interest in developing a home-grown wine industry in the state has prompted Northeast Iowa Community College to begin offering classes on grape growing and wine production.

"It is the goal of Northeast Iowa Community College to be an aggressive leader in economic development and the creation of value-added agricultural opportunities," said college President Rob Denson in a statement.

The industry has been growing in the Midwest and college officials say few educational programs exist in the region to train workers.

NICC is a member of an alliance that has received a $756,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop grape and wine production programs over the next three years.

The Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance is led by Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo. It also includes Shawnee Community College in Ullin, Ill.

Practical-laboratory and field-experience portions of the program will require students to work in an Iowa vineyard or winery. The curriculum will be designed as a certificate program and as a two-year degree program.
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Publication:Community College Week
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Date:Jul 21, 2003
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