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As the federal government plans on legalizing recreational cannabis next year, one B.C. regional university is ramping up its workforce training in this area.
In late 2015, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) launched its Cannabis Professional Series to provide education for people working in this sector.
Offered through continuing and professional studies, there are three courses: plant production and facility management; marketing, sales, and drug development; and financing a cannabis enterprise in Canada.
These courses are delivered online over 12-week periods. This makes them accessible for people who want to upgrade their skills and understanding while remaining employed.
“Our instructors are all currently employed within the cannabis industry in Canada,” KPU’s director of emerging business, David Purcell, told the Straight by phone. “Discussion topics are posted at the front of the week and the learners go log in to the portal. With the discussion topic, there are recommended readings as well as recommended research portals.”
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