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Continuing Education

Ag Labor Management

Ag Labor Management Overview

Leadership and communication skills, along with an understanding of laws and regulations affecting agriculture, are critical components for success in supervising employees. Training in these areas leads to higher employee satisfaction and productivity, whether they’re first-time supervisors or employees with years of experience.

The Ag Labor Management Continuing Education program has been developed as a tool for vineyard supervisors and vineyard managers. It’s designed to grow skills in leadership and communication and provide information in other topics important to their operation.

Program Benefits

With 60 percent to 70 percent of costs associated with coastal vineyard operations linked to work crews, an investment in leadership development among this critical group makes good business sense.

As leadership and management skills increase among vineyard and crew supervisors, an improved work environment is created for all employees. Knowledgeable supervisors are more efficient and effective, which in turn leads to better production and lower operating costs.

Intended Audience

This program is intended for experienced vineyard supervisors.

Program Format

This program offers a series of workshops on building leadership and communication skills as well as an understanding laws and regulations that prepare participants to be successful in their role. While original plans for the program were to deliver these in person, the program has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Until this crisis is over, the classes in the series will be delivered via a virtual platform.

Classes will be two hours in length and conducted on a weekly or bi-weekly schedule over a period of three to six weeks. Students will meet in an online classroom. Classes will be taught in Spanish and presented live. Students will be given assignments to be completed between classes to help them practice the skills taught in the course.


2020 Building Communication Skills – A series of three virtual classes presented by Jess Gomez

  • November 4: The role of the supervisor – Understanding your role, point of control, elements of leadership, and favoritism
  • November 12: Communication – Receiving and preparing new employees for success
  • November 19: Communicating expectations – Training, giving feedback, and coaching

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2020 Agricultural Wage & Hours – Presented by Guadalupe Sandoval, California Farm Labor Contractor Association

  • November 5: Agricultural Wage & Hours

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2021 Building Communication Skills Series

  • Session 1: Giving Orders; Effective Feedback
  • Session 2: Coaching; Resolving Disagreements
  • Session 3: Avoiding the Appearance of Favoritism; Serving the Internal Customer; How to Manage Your Boss

Certificate of Completion

Students will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course or series. This certificate does not carry college credits.