SYRACUSE — Syracuse University is partnering with Green Flower to offer non-credit certificates in Cannabis Education. Each online program includes three, 8-week fully online courses. Programs will cover the Business of Cannabis, Agriculture and Horticulture, Law and Policy and Healthcare and Medicine. These certificates will complement existing credentials and advance the knowledge and practice of cannabis for professionals across multiple sectors.
The expanding cannabis industry is creating a demand for qualified workers with a broad range of skills. Leafly, an industry news site, found that a record-high 243,700 Americans are employed in the legal cannabis industry as of early 2020, with 33,700 jobs added in the last year.
“These new market-sensitive certificates represent Syracuse University’s role in supporting growth-oriented economic initiatives in New York State,” says Michael Frasciello, dean of University College at Syracuse. “Online alternative credentials such as these certificates are designed to meet the growing demand for skills-based careers in emerging fields and sustainability-based industries, particularly among adult learners.”
“Green Flower is honored to be working with Syracuse University and in particular the University College. We saw the commitment by the university of expanding offerings for working adults and lifelong learners as an obvious sign that the university wants to serve all types of students in every stage of their growth and careers, says Daniel Kalef, Vice President of Higher Education at Green Flower.”
“With the new legalization of cannabis in New York and neighboring states, cannabis knowledge and education will be in high demand and extremely popular as people begin to navigate the legal cannabis landscape and find ways to be a part of the predicted record growth. We can think of no better university or group of people in the Empire State with whom to partner and are excited to begin offering these programs to the public this summer.”
Courses begin June 28 and enrollment is open.
University College is the academic college of continuing education and professional studies at Syracuse University.