The University of Denver’s Center for Professional Development is the latest institute of higher education to partner with cannabis education company Green Flower on a non-credit cannabis certificate program. The new programs are the Business of Cannabis, Cannabis Law and Policy, and Cannabis Agriculture and Horticulture.
Each certificate includes three eight-week online courses that participants can complete in approximately six months.
In 2020, Colorado reported about 34,700 cannabis-related jobs, Green Flower said in a press release, adding that industry jobs nationwide are projected to grow by 250% by 2028.
Renae Jacob, executive director of the Center for Professional Development at the University of Denver, said that the industry “is constantly and quickly evolving” and the partnership will help the university to “provide quality, relevant training for those who want solid careers in the industry or to become better informed about the field in general.”
“We will also be integrating curriculum on social equity in the industry to educate students about the impact cannabis legalization has on communities and people of color.” — Jacob in a statement
Max Simon, CEO of Green Flower, said “it feels particularly powerful that the most respected and highly ranked university in the state is now on-board to help develop the industry by training the next generation of cannabis professionals.”
Green Flower now lists 15 partner colleges and universities on its website.
Registration for the University of Denver program is now open with classes set to begin March 7.
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