Michigan’s Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC) will begin offering cannabis workforce training classes next month as part of its new partnership with cannabis education provider Green Flower. The college will offer cultivation technician, provisioning center associate, and advanced manufacturing agent certification courses.
In a statement, KVCC’s Vice President for Strategic Business and Community Development Craig Jbara indicated that the certificate programs “are designed to give participants the foundational knowledge needed to work in the rapidly expanding cannabis industry.”
“We try to provide the right on-demand type of training,” he told WWMT.
“The market continues to increase with new retailers requiring trained employees. … Similar training programs across the country have proven to be very successful for employers.” — Jbara in a statement
The college is the second Michigan institute of higher education to partner with Green Flower. In May 2020, Northern Michigan University announced its own partnership with the California-based education firm as part of its Continuing Education & Workforce Development program.
Each eight-week KVCC certificate program costs $900. A $100 discount is offered for employers sending more than five participants or for individuals wishing to self-pay and take more than one program, Green Flower said in a press release.
Green Flower now has partnerships with 15 colleges and universities throughout the U.S. KVCC is the only community college that has entered into an agreement with the company, according to the Green Flower website.
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