September 10th, 2012

WATCH: Walla Walla Wine School

The two-year degree program in Enology and Viticulture at Walla Walla Community College has been around for about 12 years. 80 percent of program graduates are working in the wine industry, in roles ranging from vineyard managers to wine sellers.

As much as this is a story about wine, though, it’s also a story about Walla Walla — a small town like many others that was hit hard by economic reality, and what happened when the community college decided to play a part in turning things around.

CorrespondentĀ John Tulenko has the story.

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Grade Level Reading Fund of the Tides Foundation, The Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.


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Josh Wyner of the Aspen Institute talks to John Tulenko about Walla Walla Community College (a finalist for the 2013 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence), as well as more broadly about the future of higher education in America. Join the discussion!

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I’m not sure what to think of such programs. Is it really any different from the program described in the video that happened to follow this one on YouTube offering to train you to become an independent freight broker for the trucking industry? At what point should an employer take responsibility for training workers for specific jobs in their industry? Have all apprenticeships vanished? I worry that such programs for specific jobs in specific industries shift the risk and responsibility from employer to employee. Given the tuition and quoted earnings potential, this risk is not insignificant.

Perhaps we should be much more clear on what school is all about. Is it simply job preparation or is it something else? Perhaps we should at least create some new terminology to differentiate training for industry from training for one’s soul.

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