ISU Will Offer Online Marijuana Industry Courses

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) – The University of Illinois at Springfield has partnered with Green Flower, an online program focused on the marijuana industry, to offer programs on the marijuana industry.

“We are thrilled to be the first university in Illinois to partner with Green Flower to offer highly demanded cannabis certificate programs,” said Rob Kerr, Associate Director of Continuing and Professional Education at ISU. , in a press release. “The Illinois cannabis sector has enormous potential for growth. There are 25 dispensaries and culture centers within 100 miles of our campus, and more than 16,000 employees statewide. This market is booming, and those with the right training will be able to take full advantage of it.

Programs will focus on the marijuana trade, agriculture and horticulture, law and politics, health care and medicine. Online certificates do not count towards a student’s credits and each program is offered over eight weeks.

“Just over a year after the State of Illinois legalized cannabis for adult use, the state has shown one of the fastest and largest growth rates of any state in the country, and as sales increase, so does the industry and the huge job opportunities. said Daniel Kalef, Vice President of Higher Education at Green Flower. “We applaud the leadership of the university for their foresight in wanting to offer certificate programs designed to prepare people for careers in what is now the fastest growing job market in the country. “

Classes begin August 23 and registration is open to prospective students. Each certificate will cost $2,500, however, there is a $300 discount for students registering in August.

Karen O. Fielding