The Cannabis Workforce Initiative celebrated a major milestone on April 20, when it released its first partially in-person certificate program in partnership with Lehman College.
Earlier this year, the Cornell University School of Industrial & Labor Relations and the Workforce Development Institute launched a collaboration, CWI, to teach students the information they would need to be successful in the cannabis industry. The curriculum covers everything from bud cultivation to the legal aspect of the business to how to be an ethical manager when selling consumer products.
This 10-week program is not much different in terms of content — but it does offer an in-person component. Forty-five of the 450 program participants are taking the class in-person at CUNY on the Concourse, which Program Manager David Serrano says is extremely beneficial when learning material, such as analyzing terpenes by smell. The in-person learning experience brings about different takeaways from the students.
“It’s quite different. There was a lot of engagement — they can raise their hands in the class and ask clarifying questions,” Serrano said after the first session. “We were able to respond to their questions immediately and engage with them. Folks are saying that they’ve learned a lot from these courses and that they feel better prepared.”
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