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.
Approximate Wine Studies Program Costs for the 2020-21 School Year*
Vineyard Operations Certificate
- Tuition $3,990; books $718; class fees $541; universal fee $1,302; differential fee $150.
Vineyard Management Degree
- Tuition $7,885; books $1,296; class fees $1,330; universal fee $2,573; differential fee $305.
- Tuition $8,833; books $1,183; class fees $2,024; universal fee $2,805; differential fee $354.
Wine Hospitality Operations Certificate - Varies depending on elective choices
- Tuition $3,420; books up to $750; class fees up to $1,500; universal fee, $1,116.
*Please note, program costs are estimates only
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 the Financial Aid department.
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. Awards will be for the 2020-21 academic year. Click the link below for access to the entire list of Foundation scholarships:
Wine-specific scholarships through the Foundation
- AL MACDONALD/LIVE WINE STUDIES SCHOLARSHIP: This scholarship supports part-time, first-generation college students ineligible for federal financial aid entering the Wine Studies program at Chemeketa. The scholarship is named after retired, former Wine Studies faculty member, Al MacDonald, for his commitment to the program and the wine industry.
- BETTY O’BRIEN WINE MARKETING SCHOLARSHIP: Willamette Valley Vineyards established this scholarship in honor of Betty's substantial contributions to the wine industry.
- JACKSON FAMILY WINES SCHOLARSHIP: Established by Jackson Family Wines to support students enrolled part or full-time in the Wine Studies Programs carrying a 3.0 GPA.
Erath Matching Viticulture Scholarship
- 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 are available by contacting the Wine Studies Program Coordinator at 503-584-7254.
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. The only classes that have a specific starting term is the Vineyard Practices series, which starts winter term.
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.
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 the afternoons and evening for larger blocks of time to accommodate working students.
Are there any Wine Studies classes offered online?
Currently we only offer one online Wine Studies class, the Science of Winemaking. 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.
However, due to COVID-19, Chemeketa is currently operating remotely. For fall term, some Wine Studies classes are being offered as a combination of in-person and online learning. This will continue until Chemeketa has deemed it safe for everyone to return to campus permanently.
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.
Where Can I Find More Student Resources?
Visit Chemeketa's Student Resources website for links to college and community resources designed to help students with a variety of issues, including:
- Textbooks & Supplies
- Community Engagement
- Childcare & Parenting
- Mental & Emotional Health
- Internet & Utilities
- Health & Safety