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Wine Studies Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to some common questions about our Wine Studies program.

Wine Studies FAQ

  • How do I apply for the Wine Studies program?

    There is no application specific to the Wine Studies program. You can be a Wine Studies student by simply declaring Winemaking or Vineyard Management as your major any time after you have been accepted to Chemeketa Community College. 

    Your first step is to apply for admission to Chemeketa Community College. Once you have completed the application process, you can have any previous transcripts of college coursework evaluated by  and take the College’s free . The placement test will indicate whether you need to take any of the Wine Studies entry courses. Once you have completed this process, you can register online for classes.

    It is important to meet with an advisor either before or soon after enrolling since many of our classes have prerequisites.

  • Will my previous college credits count toward the degree?

    Previously earned college credit can count toward non program-specific classes. Transcripts should first be sent to the college and evaluated by enrollment services. The transcript evaluation request form can be found here. For further questions regarding transcripts please contact Enrollment Services.

  • What is the cost of the program?

    Cost will vary from student to student based on their in-state status, previously earned credits, financial aid, etc. The current per credit hour rate can be found here along with other resources to help determine the cost of attending Chemeketa. In addition to base tuition, many courses carry associated student fees to provide materials and support specific to the course. These fees will vary based on the content of the course.

  • Will my on-the-job experience count toward the degree(s)?

    In certain cases students can be given permission to forego specific courses based on industry recognized certifications or trainings. In each of these cases, the total number of credits required for the degree remains the same, therefore the student must replace these courses with other courses of greater than or equivalent credit hours that have been approved by their advisor.

  • How do I find more information about scholarships and financial aid?

    For questions regarding financial aid please contact Financial Aid.

    All Wine Studies scholarships are run through the Chemeketa Community College Foundation. Applications for Foundation scholarships are available January 1st and will be accepted through the end of February 2020. Awards will be for the 2020-21 academic year. Click the link below for access to the entire list of Foundation scholarships:

    Chemeketa Scholarships

    Erath Scholarship: The Chemeketa Community College Erath Matching Viticulture Scholarship is available for employees of Oregon winery/vineyards. The Erath Family Foundation (EFF) established this scholarship to increase the number of personnel in leadership roles who have a fundamental education in viticulture along with a working command of the English language. Through a generous donation by EFF, wineries can support and encourage their employees to attend Chemeketa Community College and receive up to $2,000 per academic year in matching funds. Applications and more info are available in Building 2 of the Northwest Wine Studies Center. 

  • When is it best to start the program?

    Typically it is recommended to start the program in the fall term, however it is possible to start taking classes in the program during any term provided the required prerequisites have been completed.

    Please note: All Fall term classes for the Wine Studies program begin two weeks prior to the regular start date for the rest of the college. For Fall 2019, the start date is Monday, September 9, 2019.

  • Can I complete this degree while maintaining full-time employment?

    Many students are able to complete a Wine Studies degree while maintaining full time employment, though this is not a guarantee. Many of our classes are scheduled in evening for larger blocks of time to accommodate working students.

  • Are there any Wine Studies classes offered online?

    Currently we do not offer any Wine Studies classes online. Our program is committed to hands-on practical education and this difficult to accomplish with online education. The majority of Wine Studies classes are offered at the Northwest Wine Studies Center at Chemeketa Eola.

  • Can I take classes without being a degree-seeking student?

    Yes, non-degree seeking students are able to take courses provided they have the necessary prerequisites. If the prerequisites have not been met, it is at the program’s discretion to allow students to audit courses.

  • Do you offer any short courses or workshops?

    Yes, each year we offer industry workshops with open enrollment to anyone. Our schedule of workshops is updated as they are scheduled and can be found on the Wine Studies program website main page under the current term classes link.