The medical cannabis training program at Mercer County Community College is now accepting students, the school announced Aug. 20.
The 15-hour, non-credit class will run via Zoom on Mondays from Sept. 15 through Oct. 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and is open to students 18 and over.
The classes, which are offered through MCCC’s Center for Continuing Studies, are one of several cannabis industry certificate programs introduced by New Jersey colleges in the last year. The program is intended for anyone interested in seeking employment in the medical cannabis profession or just those curious about it.
“New businesses are being created in the state and there is a real need for employees to fill jobs in the cannabis industry,” said Sarah Trent, course instructor and owner of Valley Wellness, who partnered with MCCC to create the course. “This course is intended to provide the necessary background to gain a foothold in this emerging industry.”
Subject matter experts will cover federal and state laws and regulations, the endocannabinoid system, cultivation basics, how cannabis products, and dispensary technician training techniques.
“We have made some modifications to the course so now an entire module will focus on manufacturing and testing as the potential for employment in these areas is expanding quickly. Not only is there a need for cultivators, manufacturers and dispensaries, the spillover into other areas of the economy is enormous,” Trent said.
The cost for the five-session course is $500 and, after completion, students 21 and over may be available for apprenticeships.
Tuition will be sponsored for up to five veterans who complete the course.
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