After recreational marijuana was legalized in Arizona by Proposition 207 unanimously passed by the Arizona voters, the GateWay Community College, a wing of the Maricopa Community College system, has inaugurated a special training center, named the “Center for Cannabis Business Training” in Arizona. With this launch of the cannabis program, GateWay Community college becomes one of Arizona’s first community centers to allow formalized cannabis industry education.
The program will have three non-credit courses offered online, which is “online education for a growing business,” as per the center’s website. The three courses offered will be Budtender Training, CBD Hemp Education Product Training, and Cannabis 101. The classes are separate from the already existing courses at GateWay Community College. Interested candidates can take up the online courses, ranging from 6 to 9 hours, and cost within $85 to $99.
Jeanne Ratliff, the workforce development manager at the Gateway Community college, said about the launch of the Cannabis training program,
He also added on the full support of launching such an education program on hemp and cannabis,
The center also has plans to add up more courses in areas like weed business and others. For this, the school plans to offer programs like a Bachelor of Health Administration that will provide a specialization degree in cannabinoid therapies or a Bachelor of Business that will offer a specialization in cannabis operations. The center will provide important instructions and thoroughly guide the budding professionals and business owners of cannabis dispensaries.
The goal is to make cannabis learning easy and accessible for interested candidates who want to learn the basics or enhance their knowledge of cannabis production and business. The class will offer in-depth knowledge of the cannabis industry. Anybody can take up the elective courses upon fulfilling specific criteria like minimum age, not having any ailments that can aggravate while exposing oneself to weed, hemp, or cannabis.
The program has already gained a lot of interest and has already established six campuses for cannabis training, 5 in Phoenix and 1 in Avondale.