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California’s City College of San Francisco is partnering with the United Food and Commercial Workers union and Oakland-based Oaksterdam University to develop a new course aimed at the legal cannabis industry, according to a report from the San Francisco Examiner

The course for the two-year community college has yet to be developed but it will likely focus on production and distribution. School officials have not decided whether it would be available to all students or offered exclusively through an agreement between the college’s Pharmacology Technology department and the union. However, according to college spokesman Jeff Hamilton “at the moment” enrollees would need to be sponsored by the UFCW or another union with apprenticeship programs, such as the Laborers’ Local 261’s Gardener Apprenticeship Program.

“Obviously, with the potential growth of this industry being substantial, particularly in California, we want to offer access to this growing industry,” Hamilton said in the report, explaining that Oaksterdam faculty would be used due to their “expertise” in the industry.

Dale Sky Jones, executive chancellor for Oaksterdamn University, said that she would prefer that the training not be limited to union members, noting that “things still need to be sussed out.”

“I just want to make sure the training is available for as much people as possible,” she said.

The college, which recently had its accreditation affirmed for seven years after it was revoked three years ago, plans on rolling out the course in the spring 2018 semester.

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