US (IL): New cannabis cultivation course helps students find careers in industry

Triton College students will have the opportunity to learn how to grow, care and manage cannabis plants through a new course this fall. The course – aptly named cannabis cultivation – is folded into the college’s greenhouse grow operations certificate program, where students can learn about the cultivation of cannabis plants, which can be used for adult-use and medicinal purposes, as well as high-value crops and ornamental plants.  

The certificate program, which can be completed in five classes or two semesters, allows students to understand the cannabis industry and production of urban food products or tropical and herbaceous plants and what career paths are available. 

In January, Leafly, a Seattle, Washington-based company, reported that legal cannabis was supported by 428,059 full-time jobs, which ranged from retail sales to legal affairs, construction, and even public relations.  

“In community college, we’re always interested in the job outlook,” said Paul Jensen, associate vice president of academic innovation and workforce education at Triton. With the cannabis industry, “the market is really growing,” he added.

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