VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – With the medicinal marijuana industry continuing to grow in this country, Kwantlen Polytechnic University is offering an online course which will train people how to cultivate and market pot.
The school only announced it would be offering this course last week, and Jim Pelton, Kwantlen’s executive director of continuing and professional studies, says 20 people have already signed up.
“We only started registration last week,” Pelton says. “I think we could go up to about 80 [students].”
A number of companies with licences to grow, and other companies trying to secure licences, indicated to the school that there was a need for a program like this to train workers for the industry, according to Pelton.
“It’s an online course,” says Pelton. “It’s being done as a cohort, which means all the students start on the same day and end on the same day. It’s being offered in two seven-week chunks so the first piece is plant production and facility management.
“The second piece is marketing, sales and drug development. So, the students go through as a cohort. It’s online, they can do group work if they choose to, which is probably a good idea. They can do the first seven weeks and the second, or they can do one or the other.”
Anyone with a high school diploma is eligible for the two-part 14-week course, which costs $2,500.