There is a growing demand for trained professionals in the cannabis economy as more states set up marijuana markets for medical and adult use. Universities, colleges and educational institutes are coming forward with programs that will facilitate this growing industry. These programs aim to connect their graduates with prospective employers.
The U.S. cannabis industry is expected to support more than 500,000 full-time jobs this year. The figure is predicted to rise to 1.5 million jobs in the next three years.
Lake Superior State University is one of the institutions that offer training through a degree in the cannabis industry or an associate degree in cannabis science. The Michigan-based institution has an enrollment of almost one hundred students, most of whom are in their late twenties or early thirties.
Most of the students have dropped from their respective careers to become professionals in the cannabis industry. According to Steven Johnson, dean of the College of Science and the Environment, some of the students include registered nurses. Johnson states that compliance jobs in the industry can be high paying. An individual with a degree can earn more than a faculty member who has a PhD.
Tuition at the institution costs $4,308 per semester with the university stating that its graduates secure employment one year after their course completion.
Stockton University has one of the highest enrollments. More than 100 students are pursuing a minor in cannabis studies at the New Jersey institution. The degree will allow these students to major in hospitality, health sciences, business, finance, criminal justice, social work, communications and even environmental science.
The university has partnerships with key players from multiple industries. According to Diane D’Amico, the director of new and media relations, a minor from Stockton will allow students from any majors to apply into their field sof interest. Tuition per semester starts at $6,245 for U.S. residents and $10,036 for non-U.S. residents.
Oaksterdam University in Oakland, California, was founded in 2007 as the first U.S. cannabis college. The school offers certificate programs that cover every aspect of the industry, from growing and processing to business and public policy. The school has a strong focus on diversity, inclusion and equity. According to Dale Sky Jones, the institution’s executive chancellor, the school has fought for regulations that will allow formerly imprisoned and convicted individuals to participate in the industry.
The institution has more than 100,000 alumni worldwide. In addition to offering training programs, students and alumni have access to jobs boards, mentorships, company tours and other networking opportunities.
Examples of other institutions offering training include Colorado State University Pueblo, University of Nevada, Northern Michigan University, University of Rhode Island and State University of New York (SUNY).
As more of these courses are offered in different universities and colleges around the country, it will get easier for licensed companies such as Red White & Bloom Brands Inc. (CSE: RWB) (OTCQX: RWBYF) to find the high-caliber workers that they need to propel their companies forward.
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