Berkshire Community College (BCC) is now accepting applications for a second cohort into its new Cannabis Industry Certificate one-year program. Berkshire Roots, based in Pittsfield, has partnered with BCC to offer the Cannabis Industry Certificate, to provide on-site learning and potential job placement opportunities for students.
The second cohort will begin taking courses in fall 2020 – classes begin September
8, 2020, and students must be 21 years old to register. The Cannabis Industry Certificate
is designed to provide students with skills and knowledge to work professionally in
the areas of cannabis cultivation, processing, preparation, retail, and outreach.
Prepared by foundational courses in business, communication, biopsychology, and horticulture,
students will receive specific training through cannabis related labs and lectures
and an accompanying practicum at Berkshire Roots.
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BCC announced early admission for the first Cannabis Industry Certificate cohort in fall 2019. Of the students in the program, 82% earned grades of A- or higher in their courses.
My experience while at BCC studying the first Cannabis Industry program was fantastic! To be part of a trailblazing program was incredible; the amount of networking connections in the area that were set up for participants in our class was above and beyond. I can’t say enough positive things about the awesome professors willing to work with you. I’m a mother of two, work part time and still was able to finish a full certificate education that will let me help people in the future.”
BCC will be hosting two virtual information sessions for the Cannabis Industry Certificate program on Tuesday, July 28 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm and Thursday, August 13, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm via Zoom. At these virtual information sessions, prospective students will learn more about the program, the on-site learning with Berkshire Roots, and financial aid opportunities.
For more information on the program or to register for an information session, contact George Ambriz, Director of Academic and Career Advising or Dr. Frank Schickor, Interim Dean of STEM and Allied Health.
Graduates of the certificate program will be prepared for positions in the cannabis industry including: Assistant grower, Cannabis consultant, Cannabis retail associate/ general manager, Dispensary associate/ agent/ assistant manager, Infusion manufacturing associate, Patient advocate, Post-harvest associate, Processing technician/ trimmer, Production technician, and many other job titles.