US (LA): LSU Online expands with new cannabis workforce programs

Over the past year, LSU has expanded its online education curriculum as it enters a new partnership with a California-based company to train a workforce for the burgeoning cannabis industry. As previously reported by Daily Report, the university has partnered with Green Flower to offer online education courses designed to build out the cannabis workforce. LSU Online joins 23 other universities offering Green Flower courses, Green Flower CEO and co-founder Max Simon adds.

The four certificate programs LSU and Green Flower are offering cover primary areas of the cannabis industry—agriculture, business, medical, and compliance/risk management. “You have to be a specialist to get the attention of these companies, to get hired by these companies,” Simon says. “You have to be a specialist if you want to participate in the industry today, as it is a smaller medical market.”

The program comes as the state reaches a major milestone, anticipating more than $400 million in legal cannabis sales by 2025, Green Flower media manager Adam Summer explains.

Having been in the cannabis education business since 2014, Green Flower has developed four six-month programs to teach individuals the nuts and bolts of a cannabis operation. Those who successfully complete one of the four specialized programs earn an LSU certificate, making it possible to get started in the medical cannabis sector.


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