US (MA): Berkshire Community College to launch training program for cannabis professionals

Cannabis careers are on the rise, and now Berkshire Community College wants to educate those seeking jobs in the field.

The college is preparing to launch a one-year cannabis certificate program during the upcoming fall semester. The certificate program still must be approved by the state's Department of Higher Education, but college leaders say interested students can start immediately in September with required courses.

Through the new program, college leaders aim to give students skills in the areas of cannabis cultivation, processing, retail and outreach. Voters approved recreational cannabis in 2016, and the first retailers rolled out this year.

BCC is working closely with one such company, Berkshire Roots, to develop the 18-credit program.

"Berkshire Roots had come to us and had indicated a need," said Christina Wynn, BCC's dean of enrollment management.

The college will host two information sessions about the new program. One will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, and another will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, both in Melville Room 317. There, prospective students will be able to enroll and learn more about financial aid opportunities.


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