Holyoke Community College officials announced they are opening the first cannabis education center in the state and will teach the first class in November.
We know because we were there last night, speaking on the panel discussion next to local luminaries from the industry. As was Masslive, who covered the event:
“The announcement was made in front of a crowd of at least 75 people, some of them who have opened businesses in the fledgling industry and others who wanted to learn more about working in cannabis. It was followed by a panel discussion with industry experts, including owners of some of the first legal adult-use cannabis businesses in the state.”
“It promises opportunity for many and it promises opportunity for many who have not had access to opportunity before,” said Jeff Hayden vice president of business and community services for the college.
The Cannabis Education Center is launching in partnership with the Cannabis Community Care and Research Network (C3RN) and with the help of several local cannabis business owners who have agreed to offer on-site internships that will be part of the program. It will begin with four certificate-based workforce programs (96 hours of instruction stretched over six weeks) with 46 hours focused on classroom time on campus. Students will spend the other half learning hands-on at internships at local businesses.
C3RN are also behind the Cannabis Advancement Series (CAS), in partnership with Joint Venture Co., and Alternative Treatment for Veterans. The CAS partnered with Cannapreneur Partners for our recent cannabis investment opportunities event in Cambridge. Read more about it here.
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