Minnesota’s St. Cloud State University (SCSU) is the latest college to partner with cannabis education company Green Flower to offer a certificate-based cannabis education program, KNSI reports. The university is the first in the state to offer a cannabis curriculum.
Minnesota’s legislature-approved adult-use cannabis program took effect August 1.
In a statement, SCSU President Robbyn Wacker said the endeavor is designed to “meet workforce demand to provide educated professionals in this quickly evolving industry.”
“The cannabis industry is growing at an unprecedented rate and the demand for skilled professionals is higher than ever.” — Wacker via KNSI
The courses take about six months to complete and include: Cannabis Agriculture and Horticulture, Compliance and Risk Management, the Business of Cannabis, and Cannabis Healthcare and Medicine.
On its website, SCSU notes that the cannabis industry has seen a 27% annual job growth over the last five years. The university recently announced it will no longer admit students to 70 programs, bringing its offerings down to 239 program areas, according to a KSTP report.
Each certificate program is entirely online and costs $2,950. The classes start September 6 and November 6.
Green Flower now has partnerships with at least 18 colleges and universities, according to the company’s website.
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