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US (VA): University launches Professional Development Institute with cannabis education certificate

The University of Lynchburg is the first institution in Virginia to launch a professional certificate in cannabis education. The Cannabis Healthcare and Medicine certificate is offered in partnership with Green Flower.

"Green Flower is honored to begin our partnership with the University of Lynchburg to offer our cannabis education program in medicine and healthcare," said Daniel Kalef, chief growth officer at Green Flower.

"With Virginia being one of the latest states in the country to legalize adult use of cannabis and licenses coming very soon, this is a unique moment where many people are trying to navigate the industry and find ways to be a part of it, as well as serve others in the industry."

"Lynchburg's history and commitment to helping students find — and grow in — new careers is the very reason we wanted to create a partnership."

The Cannabis Healthcare and Medicine certificate is one of several certificates available through the University's newly launched Professional Development Institute.

"The launch of the Professional Development Institute marks a significant milestone for the University of Lynchburg," said Vice President of Strategy Dr. Jeremy M. Welsh, who helped develop the institute over the past year.

"We're excited to provide a platform for lifelong learning, enabling individuals to thrive in their careers and personal lives."

Registration for a number of PDI programs, including several in human resources and business, is now open: "Seven Keys to Work Positive" and "Small Hinges Swing Big Doors" are two programs designed to help both employees and managers create and sustain a positive work culture.

More certificates in a variety of areas, including health care, hospitality, and design, will be added in the coming months. Among them is a "Certified Wedding and Event Planner" certificate.

Recognizing professionals lead busy lives, PDI will offer a blend of in-person, online, and hybrid learning options. The goal is to meet students where they are, says John A. Zinn III, executive director of the Professional Development Institute.

"Our institute is designed to empower individuals, organizations, and communities to thrive by inspiring a lifelong journey of discovery and achievement," Zinn said. "By offering continuing and professional education opportunities, the Institute creates a gateway between the University and the larger community."

Zinn said he's also envisioning programming for high school students, such as SAT prep courses and a variety of continuing education courses for professionals at any career stage.


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