The University of Illinois, Springfield (UIS) is offering non-credit online courses in cannabis education through its Office of Continuing and Professional Education and a partnership with Green Flower.
Each certificate program includes three, eight-week courses covering the business of cannabis, agriculture and horticulture, law and policy, and healthcare and medicine. The program cost is $2,500 per certificate but the university is offering a $300 discount for students who enroll in the August term.
Rob Kerr, UIS associate director of Continuing and Professional Education, said the courses are necessary amid the state’s “booming” cannabis market.
“We are excited to be the first university in Illinois to partner with Green Flower to offer in-demand cannabis certificate programs. The Illinois cannabis sector has enormous growth potential. There are 25 dispensaries and cultivation centers within 100 miles of our campus, and over 16,000 employees statewide.”—Kerr in a press release
Another Illinois University—Western Illinois University—announced earlier this week that it had graduated its first student with a minor in Cannabis & Culture in the spring 2021 class. That minor focuses on social justice issues related to cannabis use and the cannabis industry and is believed to be the only one of its kind in the U.S.
The UIS certificates are designed to “complement existing credentials and advance the knowledge and practice of cannabis for professionals across multiple sectors,” the university said.
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