Inside an Illinois community college where the lesson is cannabis.

  • It’s a 12 credit-hour program that includes, among other things, courses in laws and regulations governing cannabis, pharmacology and cannabis use, dispensary operations, business and basic first aid.
  • Starting in the fall, he said, Oakton will launch a certificate program in cannabis transportation logistics and supply chain management, a more business-oriented, 14 credit-hour program including courses in cannabis cultivation operations, security guard training, operations and supply chain management and an introduction to transportation, warehousing and logistics.
  • That legalization act included provisions allowing up to eight community colleges to offer vocational training in the cannabis industry leading to a career in cannabis certificate.
  • Those programs would be supervised by the Illinois Department of Agriculture and the Illinois Community College Board and would offer courses that allow participating students to work with, study, and grow live cannabis plants so as to prepare students for a career in the legal cannabis industry.
  • Lott said that for the time being, Oakton plans to continue its focus with cannabis programs on the health care industry and he expects the programs will grow as the industry grows.

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