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Cannabis Microcredential Programs
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With the recent legalization of cannabis in the state of New York and elsewhere, the projections for jobs and industry growth are tremendous. This burgeoning field needs qualified, well-trained employees to work in all aspects of the industry. Columbia-Greene is offering two microcredential programs that specialize in distinct areas of training and employment:

The 9-credit Cannabis Retail and Sales Microcredential prepares students for a wide range of retail positions at dispensaries, including budtenders, managers, and more. It is suitable for those new to retail, and will also benefit retail employees and other salespeople who want to shift their focus to new cannabis-related opportunities.

The 9-credit Cannabis Cultivation and Processing Microcredential introduces students to the wide variety of positions related to cannabis cultivation and processing, including growers, extractors, edibles chefs, trimmers, harvesters and more. Those with farming, manufacturing, culinary and other backgrounds can use the program to prepare for an industry shift, and the program is also designed for those new to growing and agricultural manufacturing.

(Please note that students enrolling in both microcredentials only need to take Introduction to the Cannabis Industry once, for a total of 5 classes and 15 credits.)

Cannabis Retail and Sales Microcredential

Introduction to the Cannabis Industry (3 credits) CRN #: 31092; BU 170 (Fall session 8/28/23 – 12/4/23)

Social/Cultural History of Cannabis (3 credits) CRN #: 31093; SL 170 (Fall session 8/28/23 – 10/20/23)

Cannabis Retail Operations and Sales (3 credits) CRN #: 31112; BU 172 (Fall session 10/16/23 – 12/11/23)

Cannabis Cultivation and Processing Microcredential

Introduction to the Cannabis Industry (3 credits) CRN #: 31092; BU 170 (Fall session 8/28/23 – 12/4/23)

Introduction to Cannabis Cultivation (3 credits) CRN #: 31072; TP 110 (Fall session 8/28/23 – 10/20/23)

Introduction to Cannabis Processing (3 credits) CRN #: 31073; TP 114 (Fall session 10/16/23 – 12/11/23)


$639 per course for NYS residents with a Certificate of Residency, plus fees. If you are interested in learning more about financial aid and other opportunities, please contact the Admissions office at 518.697.6500.

What is a microcredential? Learn more here.

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