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US (WA): Community college launches cannabis certificates

Tacoma Community College continues to expand its offerings for students interested in future-focused industries, with the addition of three certificates designed to provide job skills training for those interested in a cannabis career. These certificates will be part of TCC’s Continuing Education course offering.

To address the critical need for workers in the rapidly-evolving cannabis industry, Tacoma Community College has partnered with Green Flower, the leader in cannabis education, to offer these in-demand programs, which will cover advanced dispensary associate skills training, cannabis manufacturing, and cultivation.

“We’re providing an opportunity for people to get skilled up and ready to succeed in a fast-growing field in just nine weeks,” TCC Provost Marissa Schlesinger said.

Washington became the first state to legalize recreational cannabis use in 2012, having previously legalized medical cannabis in 1998—with 2023 projected to have been the sixth consecutive year that had at least $1 billion in legal cannabis sales.

“Green Flower is thrilled to partner with Tacoma Community College to offer our three cannabis industry training courses. Washington state continues to be a leader in the country in the cannabis industry, and the need for highly trained employees and entrepreneurs continues to be of great importance,” says Daniel Kalef, Green Flower’s Chief Growth Officer.

“Like other highly regulated industries, the need to have expertise in material handling, quality control, patient care, security, transportation, horticulture, and more is vital to the success of all aspects of the industry and all things people will learn in these courses. We can think of no better college or group of people in the state with whom to partner to offer these courses, and we’re excited to begin offering them to the public,” said Kalef.

Each certificate program takes nine weeks to complete and is offered fully online in an every-two-month cohort cadence. Upon certificate completion, graduates will earn a digital Credly badge and gain access to Green Flower’s employer network. Students can begin registering now for the first cohort of classes, beginning March 18, 2024. Courses cost $750 with a flexible payment plan option available, and students can receive $50 off if they register by February 29, 2024, using discount code TACOMA50.

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