Associate of Applied Science in Vineyard Technology
Jensena Newhouse grew up on her family’s farm outside of Sunnyside, Washington. She is the daughter of Dan Newhouse, the director of Washington State Department of Agriculture and the granddaughter of former Washington State Senator Irving Newhouse. While attending Sunnyside High School, Jensena wanted to get a jump-start on her education, and enrolled at YVCC during her junior year. Attending classes on the Grandview Campus, she earned an associate’s degree in 2005. With a love for agriculture, that was instilled by her father and grandfather, Newhouse sought a job in the industry. She began working at Daven Lore Winery in Prosser, Washington.
“Growing up on a farm definitely inspired me,” stated Newhouse. “Having a farmer for a father, I’ve learned to appreciate agriculture and the hard work and passion that are put into it. I have a deep respect for farmers and the work they do. Some of my fondest memories are of hop harvest with my father and grandfather, irrigating with my Dad and swathing and baling hay with him. It is definitely a different way of life and it has made me who I am today. I would love to be able to give back in some way,” she continued.
Wanting to learn more about vineyard and winery technology, Newhouse began to explore further educational opportunities at YVCC. “While working at the winery I decided that I wanted to learn more and possibly get a degree in enology. I asked other people in the industry and they highly recommended YVCC’s Vineyard and Winery Technology Program. They had wonderful things to say about Department Chair Trent Ball,” she continued.
A few months after enrolling in classes, she was offered a job at WSU Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center. During this experience she decided she preferred to work outside in a vineyard. “There is something magical about being in a vineyard; it is a really amazing and peaceful place,” she concluded.
Newhouse will graduate from YVCC in the spring of 2014 with an associate of applied science degree in vineyard technology. She plans to transfer to WSU Tri-Cities and work toward a bachelor’s degree in fruit and vegetable management. Ultimately she hopes to earn a master’s degree and work as a viticulturist.
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