In Massachusetts, a renowned private research university has engaged in a new partnership with a California-based cannabis educator. This novel culmination of educational knowledge combined with a rapidly growing industry has led the two learning centres to promise some exceptional results for graduates.
On Wednesday, Green Flower (GF) announced that four new online certificate programs focused on different fields within the cannabis industry were now accepting enrolment through Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).
Those new programs will focus on business, healthcare and medicine, law and policy — and agriculture and horticulture. Designed to help students gain relevant industry experience and knowledge, the courses will be offered in an online format available to anyone over 18 years of age.
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GF views itself as an industry leader in cannabis education. Founded in 2014, the company’s content and technology platform powers cannabis programs at educational institutions throughout the U.S. including the University of Denver, Northern Michigan University and the University of San Diego.
GF prides itself on equipping students with adequate skills and credentials to make a positive impact in the cannabis industry.
WPI is an academic institution founded over 150 years ago in 1865. The university has a strong international presence with over 50 project centres throughout Europe, Africa, the Americas and Asia. Recently, the institute has developed a keen interest in the cannabis industry.
“Green Flower is thrilled to announce the launch of our partnership with WPI to offer education programs related to the legal cannabis industry. We appreciate WPI working with us to expand opportunities in the cannabis industry for students in Worcester and beyond,” said Daniel Kalef, Vice President of Higher Education University Partnerships at Green Flower.
The cannabis certificate programs now offered by GF and WPI will consist of three eight-week courses in a six-month period, and will be led by expert instructors with substantial skills derived from the cannabis industry.
WPI is now accepting enrolment for the four programs with classes set to begin on September 5. The cost for each six-month course will be US$2,950 with financing options and payment plans available for those who need them.
Once students complete their program they will be awarded with a digital badge credential issued by Green Flower and Worcester Polytechnic.
Green Flower also claims to have a strong diverse employer network that graduates can access for their future endeavours.