The UA Cannabis Certificate Program teaches skills for the legal marijuana industry
TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) — The University of Arizona is going green by adding new courses this spring, teaching students the skills needed to work in the legal marijuana industry.
They were able to create the Uncredited Cannabis Certificate Program by partnering with the cannabis education company, Green Flower.
Dr. Craig Wilson, vice provost for online, distance and continuing education, said the university has decided to ensure that students interested in pursuing a career receive credible education on cannabis.
“This, like other hot industries, deserves a trained, prepared and professional workforce. Here at the University of Arizona, we look forward to being part of the conversation,” Wilson said.
The subjects of the certificate are Cannabis Business, Cannabis Law and Policy, and Cannabis Health and Medicine. Each course lasts eight weeks online, resulting in a certificate that participants can complete in about six months.
Wilson said another driving factor in adding the courses was the need for labor in Arizona.
According to the Leafly Jobs Report 2021, the legal cannabis industry already supports over 321,000 jobs nationwide. Employment in the industry has grown 27.5% annually since 2017, significantly faster than many other jobs. Arizona is expected to surpass $1 billion in total annual cannabis sales in 2021.
Wilson said he believes that by next year many universities across the country will follow suit and offer courses in industry as well.
“I think it’s important for Education Services to look at this and take it seriously, because the industry is large and our ability to help and continue to professionalize the workforce will help its growth.” , Wilson said.
Registration is now open for the programs and the first cohort begins on March 7. At the last check, 15 students had registered for the courses. The cost of each certificate is $2,950. A $500 registration discount is available for the first cohort.
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