This weekend I attended the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association (TWGGA) Annual Conference and Trade Show in San Marcos. I was there representing the new partnership between VESTA and the AC2 Bio-Link Regional Center. Scott Kohls, co-PI for the VESTA Center, manned the booth and trained me to deliver the "correct spiel" to interested participants. Austin Community College is the latest college to join the consortium of schools who support VESTA. VESTA offers online courses in wine making (enology), viticulture, and the business of wine making. The online components include an hour each week where students from "all over" join their instructor to share their stories from the field. Students are paired with wine operations in their area through VESTA so they are learning info pertinent to what they need to know. It is an excellent educational model, and one that AC2 may want to duplicate in biotechnology. Plus as we all know, hey wine production whether in the winery or the field has biotechnological components. It was interesting to learn from conference participants how uncomfortable some of them are with Microbiology and Chemistry, the bread and butter for a Biotechnologist. Our first joint venture is the offering of a Wine Chemistry Course April 22nd to the 23rd to be held in the new ACC Bioscience Incubator at Highland Learning Center. Go to the VESTA site to learn more about! Only 20 participants are allowed. VESTA and AC2 share in the proceeds so this will be one of the first ventures for AC2 in terms of sustainability---and AC2's new revenue account. Who knows what type of workshops AC2 can offer in the future based on the VESTA workshop model?