VESTA Program

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VESTA Program

The Viticulture Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA) is a collaboration among Missouri State University-West Plains, other colleges/universities, non-profit organizations, and private industry. The purpose is to advance technical knowledge of the grape and wine industry with opportunities for courses, technical certificates, and Associate of Applied Science degrees through online and in-field experiences.


How To Get Started with VESTA

New VESTA Students

  • Apply for Admission (application)
    • Option 1: Take courses for personal interest or professional development. Transcripts not required. Enrollment limited to 8 hours per semester to a total of 24 hours. Self-pay (financial aid not available for this category). Postbaccalaureate students can enroll in up to a full course load with no restrictions on total hours. Proof of bachelor’s degree required.
    • Option 2: Seek a certificate or associate degree in Enology or Viticulture. Request official transcripts from all previous institutions. Apply for financial aid as needed.

Current/Returning VESTA Students

  • Contact Brenda Smith, VESTA advisor, for individualized guidance, 417-255-7736.

Missouri State-West Plains Resources (MS Word documents)

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Degree Options

AAS Enology  AAS Viticulture  Certificates

Sample Careers

For More Information, Contact

Name: Brenda Smith, Associate Professor, VESTA Advisor
Phone: 417-255-7736