As a burgeoning industry, cannabis provides an untapped well of potential careers.
The Cannabis Horticulture associate degree program prepares graduates to start their own business, work for a dispensary or grow/extraction operation, or transfer credits to a university to earn a bachelor’s degree!
Legal cannabis is currently the greatest job-creation machine in America. The cannabis workforce increased by 21% in 2017. It gained another 44% in 2018, and economists expect at least another 20% growth in jobs in 2019. That would represent a 110% growth in cannabis jobs in just three years.
Through a careful examination of the botany, growing, harvesting, and extraction aspects of a cannabis agribusiness, students will be exposed to all levels of a grow operation.
- Curriculum Summary
- Program Objectives
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Interpret the history and legal issues of cannabis in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware compared to other states and recognize the implications of medical legalization and its impact on healthcare.
- Differentiate the benefits of medical marijuana and its applications to qualifying medical conditions.
- Explore and understand the legal requirements of working in the cannabis industry or consuming cannabis-based health products.
- Analyze and assess the research on the medicinal effects of marijuana products.
- Compare and contrast various cannabis growing methods and irrigation systems.
- Identify opportunities in hemp-based agriculture.
- Recognize and apply the tenets of professional, ethical responsibility
- Analyze planting techniques to determine the most appropriate strategies specific to the cannabis strain.
- Develop a clear understanding of the horticulture and botany associated with cannabis.
- Discuss how the laws and policies related to cannabis agriculture have evolved during the 20th and 21st centuries.