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Massachusetts College Offers Cannabis Certificate Program

The American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts will offer a certificate program in legal cannabis starting in spring 2020.

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Springfield, Massachusetts-based American International College is now offering a certificate program in legal cannabis, according to a MassLive report. The program has three classes planned but currently just one – Cannabis Entrepreneurship – is set to be offered in the spring 2020 semester.

Additionally, the college has created an undergraduate initiative in the School of Business, Arts and Sciences called Micro-Emerging Markets: Cannabis Certificate Program. The school plans to expand the certificate program with a minor and graduate school program.

“The goal of the program is to dip our toe into this area that is growing by leaps and bounds. There are hundreds of jobs created by it. All sorts of research. Businesses in the field and all sorts of ancillary businesses are growing.” – Mika Nash, AIC executive vice president of academic affairs, to Masslive

The entrepreneurship class will cover customer groups, products, and services in the adult-use market; how price, quality, competition, and other factors can impact a business; the legal background and different business models; and marketing.

For non-matriculated students, each course is $395 with a $30 registration fee, bringing the total for three credits to $1,215. Matriculated students are also eligible to take the classes but all students must be 21 or older since the courses might involve tours of cannabis cultivation facilities, and dispensaries.

Last week Holyoke Community College announced plans to open the state’s first cannabis education center with the first classes being offered this month, according to MassLive.

Colleges and universities throughout the U.S. have begun offering cannabis education programs since states began to legalize cannabis medically and recreationally, including in California, Illinois, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Connecticut.

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