The Cannabis Education Center at Holyoke Community College is offering scholarships to students who enroll in its March 2021 core cannabis training program.
The intensive, two-day "Cannabis Core" training runs on Sat., March 20, and Sunday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The program costs $595 but scholarships covering up to the full amount are available to qualified individuals though HCC's partner, Elevate Northeast.
"The goal of the Elevate Northeast Scholarship Fund is to help future cannabis employees and entrepreneurs experience real-world training and education that will bolster their ability to earn viable positions in the cannabis industry," said Cara Crabb-Burnham, Elevate Northeast's co-founder and director of education.
The scholarships are aimed primarily at students from communities negatively impacted by drug laws that preceded the legalization of marijuana and funded by donations from cannabis businesses who share Elevate Northeast's passion for breaking stigma and creating opportunities through education, Crabb-Burnham said.
"Through this scholarship program we hope to attract students to the cannabis industry who have a passion for cannabis and want to ensure the cannabis space is diverse, equitable, and fair," she said.The core cannabis training is broken down into two sessions each day, 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 4 p.m.
Each session includes presentations from cannabis industry experts followed by a question and answer period. Students who complete the core training are eligible to register for classes in one of four cannabis industry career tracks: Culinary Assistant (April 3 - April 18); Extraction Technician (April 10-April 25); and Patient Services Associate (May 1- May 16).
A training program for cultivation assistants ran Feb. 6 - Feb. 21.To register for the March Cannabis Core Training class, please go to: hcc.edu/cec-core
To apply for a scholarship, please go to: hcc.edu/cec-scholarships
The Cannabis Education Center is a partnership between HCC and Elevate Northeast and based out of HCC's Kittredge Center for Business and Workforce Development.
Elevate Northeast is a Massachusetts-based, women-founded 501(c)(3) nonprofit, created to support the Northeast U.S.'s growing cannabis industry through workforce training, education and advocacy.
More information on these and other upcoming classes and programs can be found on the Cannabis Education Center's website - cannabiseducationcenter.org or by calling 413-552-2320.