The Community College of Denver (CCD) has launched a Cannabis Business degree program which it says “fills an education gap” in the field. The program—which the college says is the first-of-its-kind in the state—offers students an opportunity to earn an Associate of Applied Science.
Dr. Marielena DeSanctis, president of CCD, said that because of the college’s “strong ties to the local business community” the program equips “students with the skills they need to succeed in the fastest-growing industry in the U.S.”
“CCD is committed to not only creating meaningful career opportunities for our community, but we are also in the unique position to lead in diversifying the cannabis industry.”— DeSanctis in a press release
In addition to classroom work, the program offers internships and the opportunity to supplement coursework with practice experience. Upon completion of the A.A.S. program, students could pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Cannabis Science and Operations, which the college plans to offer in the future.
Dr. John Frost, faculty and chair for CCD’s Cannabis program, said graduates “obtain industry-recognized credentials and build a record of work and hands-on experience.”
“This new innovative program will allow our students to think critically about cannabis legislation, growing, distributing/selling, and the social impact of the industry,”— Dr. John Frost in a statement.
The program is available both on-campus and online and scholarships are available to students who qualify.
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