Now that adult-use marijuana is legal in California, a two-year community college in San Francisco is planning a curriculum for training people in the pot business, according to a Jan. 16, 2017, article in the San Francisco Examiner.
City College of San Francisco is developing the program with Oaksterdam University—a marijuana trade school in Oakland, Calif.—and the United Food and Commercial Workers labor union. CCSF plans to begin the program in spring 2018.
“Obviously, with the potential growth of this industry being substantial, particularly in California, we want to offer access to this growing industry,” Jeff Hamilton, a spokesman for the college, told the San Francisco Examiner in an email.
The curriculum probably will not be available to everyone through open enrollment, but instead it will be set up as an apprenticeship with the UFCW union. CCSF already has partnered with the union to run the apprenticeship with the school’s Pharmacology Technology department. “The apprentices will be receiving classroom instruction concurrently with on-the-job training with the UFCW,” Hamilton said.
But that’s a sticking point with Oaksterdam University. Dale Sky Jones, Oaksterdam University’s executive chancellor, does not want the program to be only for union members. “There are things that need to be sussed out, including who the training is for…I just want to make sure the training is available for as much people as possible,” Jones said.