Massachusetts Community College Offering Non-Credit Cannabis Industry Training Program

Gardner, Massachusetts’ Mount Wachusett Community College is partnering with Online Cannabis Education on a not-for-credit Cannabis Career Training Program, according to a Sentinel & Enterprise report. The course will cover cannabis cultivation, cooking, budtending, and other legal and business aspects of the industry.

Rachel Frick Cardelle, interim vice president of Life Long Learning at the college, indicated that after voters approved the legalization ballot initiative President James Vander Hooven wanted to evaluate offering a course like they would any “program that came to use for workforce development.”

“Is there a need? Does the industry want to see it? (Are) people who come out of the training … going to be better capable at taking the jobs?” she said in the report, adding that she believes the CTU program will provide the right workforce training.

“If people are going to work in any industry I would want them to be educated in any industry they’re working in,” she told the Sentinel & Enterprise. “This is a way for them to do that.”

The program costs $299 for year-long access to online modules, quizzes, and certification exams. The certification programs are not a requirement but according to CTU CEO Jeff Zorn, the certification “sets students apart from other applicants.”

This is the first partnership with CTU and an institute of higher learning, but Zorn said he anticipates other colleges and universities will soon offer the course.

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