Niagara College to Offer Graduate Certificate in Marijuana Production

The first academic program of its kind in Canada

Niagara College is breaking the mould on education. The southern Ontario college has announced that it will officially offer a post-secondary certification in the commercial production of weed — the first program of its kind in Canada.

The graduate certificate program will take the form of a one-year program that will prepare students for a career in the commercial production of cannabis, hemp seed, and hemp fibre. The program, officially called the Graduate Certificate program in Commercial Cannabis Production, was approved over the summer by the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, and will begin its first run in Fall 2018.

“We’re a pre-emptive college, and one of our key strengths is our ability to anticipate and respond to emerging industries, trends and labour-market needs,” said Niagara College president Dan Patterson. “The Commercial Cannabis Production program reflects the College’s mandate to develop responsive applied learning programs that address industry needs – much like our Commercial Beekeeping, Culinary Innovation, Renewable Energy Technician and other programs.”

The Commercial Cannabis Production program description reads: “The program will provide training in the biology and cultural practices of cannabis production including plant nutrition, environment, lighting, climate control, pest control and cultivar selection.”

According to Niagara College’s website, the program will be open to anyone with a “diploma or degree from an accredited college or university in agribusiness, agricultural sciences, environmental science/resource studies, horticulture or natural sciences, or an acceptable combination of education and experience.” It will be offered at Niagara College’s Niagara-On-The-Lake campus.

Click here for application information.

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