Graduates of the first cannabis college in the United States, Oaksterdam University(OU), will be able to transfer their education to a private, non-profit university in San Francisco.
The college announced Tuesday that OU graduates may transfer up to 18 credits of corresponding courses, with a minimum passing score of 80 per cent, to Golden Gate University (GGU).
GGU is a private non-profit university founded in 1901 in the heart of San Francisco’s financial and high-tech district. GGU also has teaching locations in Silicon Valley and Seattle.
Three six-credit courses qualify to be transferred and include the Business of Cannabis, Horticulture and Extraction and Manufacturing.
The partnership allows OU students a pathway to an accredited degree and GGU to provide a pathway to careers in cannabis, North America’s fastest-growing industry.
Oaksterdam’s certification courses help pave the way for students to work in cannabis cultivation, dispensary sales and management, extraction labs and product manufacturing.
The Business of Cannabis Certification Course gives students broad knowledge to start their own business or serve the industry through ancillary professions like law, finance, human resources, marketing and technology.
According to a report by Leafly, the cannabis industry is adding an average of 280 jobs per day to the United States economy.
“With 33 percent job growth from 2021, there is soaring demand for employees in a wide variety of cannabis-related fields. More colleges and universities across the country are scrambling to add cannabis curriculum to their course offerings, and this is where Oaksterdam steps in.” – Oaksterdam University
Oaksterdam University is North America’s first cannabis college and has seen to 70,000 students from over 100 countries graduate.
Oaksterdam offers virtual live semester and self-paced courses including The Business of Cannabis, Horticulture, Budtending Certification Program, Commercial Extraction and Manufacturing, and more. Its eight-week course on the Business of Cannabis costs USD$1,995
“Improving education and outcomes is our legacy. As the world’s first cannabis college, Oaksterdam was founded in 2007 and provides quality training to the cannabis industry. Now, we are thrilled to be extending our Certification Program learning outcomes for students at GGU,” executive chancellor Dale Sky said.
“This is the crucial step for pairing traditional academia to make cannabis practitioner degrees actionable and accessible.”
According to GGU’s Dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies Nate Hinerman, the university has a rich history of supporting the educational goals of self-made individuals and the new partnership with Oaksterdam aligns with that mission.