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HCC, C3RN Launch State’s First Cannabis Education Center
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HOLYOKE — Holyoke Community College (HCC) and the Cannabis Community Care and Research Network (C3RN) recently announced the creation of the Cannabis Education Center to provide education and training opportunities and other business resources to individuals in the region who want to work in the state’s newly legalized cannabis industry.
“The emerging cannabis industry in Western Massachusetts will spur investment, economic growth, and job creation in the Pioneer Valley,” said Jeff Hayden, HCC’s vice president of Business and Community Services. “The purpose of the Cannabis Education Center is to create an innovative learning space for those interested in joining the cannabis workforce as an employee or entrepreneur.”
HCC and C3RN are designated training partners through the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission’s Social Equity Vendor Training program. The program was designed to provide priority access, training, and technical assistance to those negatively impacted by the drug war.
The Cannabis Education Center will be managed out of HCC’s Kittredge Center and provide academic advising and workforce training, public education events that highlight entrepreneurship and workforce development, entrepreneurship events for those interested in joining the cannabis industry as a startup company, and social-equity training for applicants qualified through the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission’s Social Equity Training program.
More information about these programs will be posted soon on the Cannabis Education Center’s website, cannabiseducationcenter.org.
The Cannabis Education Center will also be running four previously announced certificate programs for specific jobs in the cannabis industry: cannabis culinary assistant, cannabis retail/patient advocate, cannabis cultivation assistant, and cannabis extraction technician assistant. The first of those programs, cannabis culinary assistant, will begin on Jan. 11, 2020, at the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute.
Each certificate program will consist of 96 hours of instruction, half of which will be held on the HCC campus with the other half conducted through C3RN’s internship program with participating dispensaries, cultivators, manufacturers, and ancillary businesses.
Registration and scholarship information will be released on the Cannabis Education Center website on Friday, Nov. 1.
“The Cannabis Education Center is the first of its kind in Massachusetts,” said Marion McNabb, CEO of C3RN. “Our programs are designed to provide high-quality, skill-based, and innovative training that not only give students knowledge of the industry, but also practical experience through on-site internship programs with local cannabis partners. Working with local industry, educators, students, and policy makers, we aim to create a learning and collaborative environment that utilizes innovative educational technologies and covers the latest trends and best practices, including B2B and B2C resources.”
C3RN and HCC will also be running five courses for the entrepreneurship track in the Social Equity Program starting Saturday, Nov. 23 at HCC’s Picknelly Adult and Family Education Center, 206 Maple St., Holyoke. The first two-session class, set for Nov. 23-24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., will focus on business-plan creation and development. Information about scholarships will be posted soon on the Cannabis Education Center website.
By BusinessWest Staff October 28, 2019 149
Holyoke Community College to offer cannabis industry training programs
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Marion McNabb, chief executive officer of the Worcester-based Cannabis Community Care and Research Network, speaks at a forum on Monday, Oct. 21, where Holyoke Community College formally announced the launching of its Cannabis Education Center. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/HOLYOKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Kate Phillips, director of education for the Cannabis Community Care and Research Network, speaks at a forum Monday where Holyoke Community College announced its Cannabis Education Center. HOLYOKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
By JACQUELYN VOGHEL
Published: 10/24/2019 8:46:39 AM
HOLYOKE — Holyoke Community College will launch the state’s first Cannabis Education Center to train students for careers in the state’s emerging marijuana industry.
The center will be managed out of college’s Kittredge Center for Business and Workforce Development and will offer certificate training courses for four different roles: patient advocate and bud tender, cannabis cultivation assistant, cannabis extraction technician assistant, and cannabis culinary assistant. The center is being created in partnership with the Worcester-based Cannabis Community Care and Research Network (C3RN).
With legal cannabis “being new to the Massachusetts industry, there’s a need for people who have specific skills training to be ready for these particular jobs,” said Jeff Hayden, vice president of Business and Community Services at HCC. “Our effort is really focused on that workforce development piece.”
Hayden expects the center will train around 100 individuals within its first year, with classes composed of about 20 students each, and expand in future years.
Students will split their time between classroom learning and hands-on internship experience, Hayden said, totaling 96 hours of training. The center is currently finalizing which companies it will work with for the internships.
More information on registration will be available on Oct. 28, and cannabis culinary assistant classes will begin in January. Training for other roles will be held in the following months. All courses are offered as six sessions held Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The center will also offer training in the Cannabis Control Commission’s Social Equity Vendor Training program. The initiative is one of many programs “developed in response to evidence which demonstrates that certain geographic areas and demographic populations, particularly Black and Latinx, have been disproportionately impacted by high rates of arrest and incarceration for cannabis and other drug crimes as a result of state and federal drug policy,” according to the center.
It was HCC and C3RN’s inclusion in this program that spurred the idea of the Cannabis Education Center, Hayden said, noting that the training can offer a particularly valuable resource to unemployed or underemployed communities.
“This is an exciting effort that encompasses not only public education and social equity training,” Hayden said, “but the chance to allow people who haven’t had access to workforce and job opportunities to have a new set of skills that will help them be able to get employment and become productive workers at these new Massachusetts businesses.”
Costs to enroll are still being solidified, Hayden said. The center’s ultimate goal is to offer the training for free, but he is not yet sure whether this will be possible.
The center will soon publish scholarship information on its website.
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Holyoke Community College and the Cannibis Community Care and Research Network have teamed up to launch a Cannabis Education Center at the community college. A forum was held at HCC earlier this week to explain the industry and opportunities available. Carolee McGrath sat down with Holyoke Community College’s Jeffery Hadyen, Marion McNabb of C3RN, and INSA CEO Matt Zatyrka to find out about the new center.
By Jeanette DeForge | email@example.com
HOLYOKE – Holyoke Community College officials announced they are opening the first cannabis education center in the state and will teach the first class in November.
The announcement was made in front of a crowd of at least 75 people, some of them who have opened businesses in the fledgling industry and others who wanted to learn more about working in cannabis. It was followed by a panel discussion with industry experts, including owners of some of the first legal adult-use cannabis businesses in the state.
“It promises opportunity for many and it promises opportunity for many who have not had access to opportunity before,” said Jeff Hayden vice president of business and community services for the college.
The Cannabis Education Center is being opened in partnership with the Cannabis Community Care and Research Network and with the help of several local cannabis business owners who have agreed to offer on-site internships that will be part of the program, he said.
“It will be a huge step up for us,” said Mark Zatryka, chief executive officer of INSA, which opened one of the first Massachusetts recreational cannabis businesses in November in Northampton.
Because anyone who works in the industry must pass background checks and be certified through a state process, it costs the business about $1,000 and takes six to eight weeks before a candidate can begin working, he said.
Finding someone who has already gone through an educational program and is ready to work in the industry will ease hiring difficulties and prevent turnover, he said.
“The biggest challenge is finding the right people. It is a really intense business,” said Meg Sanders, chief executive officer of Canna Provisions which has a business in Lee and is expecting to open a second business in Holyoke soon.
Sanders said her employees range in age from 21 to 80 and one of her best workers is a man in his 70s. Her company invests significantly in training employees especially in retail.
The Cannabis Education Center will begin with four certificate-based workforce programs that will include 96 hours of instruction stretched over six weeks. While 46 hours will be classroom time on campus, students will spend the other half learning hands-on at internships at local businesses, Hayden said.
The courses will focus on four different jobs with the class for a cannabis culinary assistant starting first in January. The other three, cannabis retail or patient advocate, cannabis cultivation and cannabis extraction technician will all be rolled out by this spring, Hayden said.
Some of those classes will incorporate skills which the college already teaches, for example OSHA safety regulations will be tied into cannabis cultivation and Serve Safe courses will be tied into the culinary class, he said
The Education Center is also running five additional entrepreneur courses designed for people eligible to apply for licenses from the state Cannabis Control Commission under its social equity license program set up for people who have convicted of a crime related to cannabis or have been negatively impacted by the drug war.
Those classes will begin with a two-session all-day class that will run on Nov. 23 and 24 and will focus on business plans and training.
Hayden said he hopes eventually the college will be able to expand that into an entrepreneur course for anyone interested in beginning their own business.
Registration will begin as soon as next week and Hayden said he hopes to have a total of about 100 people enrolled in the different programs by late spring.
The cost of the programs has not been determined yet since the college is working with partners to set a tuition amount. The average cost of certificate programs at Holyoke Community College is around $2,000 but costs can be defrayed by scholarships and by business partners, he said.
Because the college’s workforce development programs are designed to reach out to people who are seeking a job or trying to get better at their existing job, Hayden said the college works to keep the cost as affordable as possible, understanding those who are unemployed or underemployed have very limited money.
People can learn more about the programs on the center’s website cannabiseducationcenter.org.
“There is great opportunity for those looking for jobs in the workforce,” said Marion McNabb, chief executive officer for Cannabis Community Care and Research.
Currently there are 196 approved cannabis businesses that are operating in the state and 377 businesses with applications that are awaiting approval from the state Cannabis Control Commission, she said.
Most of the licenses issued so far are in retail, manufacturing and cultivation. There are great opportunities to begin businesses or work in other areas of the industry where far fewer licenses have been sought including testing labs, transportation and micro-businesses, she said.
“We are partnering with testing labs,” McNabb said, adding the Holyoke Community College program may eventually expand to include a course for people interested in working in labs.
Original Article Link: https://www.masslive.com/news/2019/10/holyoke-community-college-opens-first-cannabis-education-center-in-state.html
Holyoke Community College launches 'Cannabis Education Center'
HOLYOKE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- A forum was held tonight to announce the launch of the Cannabis Education Center at Holyoke Community College.
The forum called 'Emerging Cannabis Industry' was a panel discussion and networking event to educate people about the region's marijuana business.
Tonight, Western Mass News spoke with the CEO of the Cannabis Community Care Research Network, who said why they decided to open the center.
The new education center is located inside the college's Kittredge Center providing academic advising, public education on events, and career opportunities.
Holyoke Community College to offer cannabis-related courses
by: Hayley Crombleholme
Posted: Oct 21, 2019 / 11:36 PM EDT / Updated: Oct 21, 2019 / 11:46 PM EDT
HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s becoming a booming industry in the Commonwealth and now, a new program at Holyoke Community College will help prepare people for careers in the cannabis industry.
Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse has been outspoken about his desire to make Holyoke a destination for cannabis business, turning some of these old mills behind me into growing and cultivating hubs. Now, Holyoke Community College is making sure they have a well-trained workforce to go with it.
At a forum at HCC, Mark Zatryka, CEO of INSA, which operates recreational and medical marijuana businesses, said hiring for the cannabis industry can come with challenges.
“To bring on a new employee is very expensive,” said Zatryka. “So, we do try to spend as much time as we can to select the right individuals, it can be really hard, because it is hard to find people with experience.”
Now, HCC is teaming up with Cannabis Community Care and Research Network, out of Worcester, to help solve that problem.
Zatryka added, “Develop a cannabis center for education at Holyoke Community College. There will be four Cadres of training that we are going to be involved in. Culinary, cultivation, extraction, and patient advocate.”
In courting the cannabis industry, Holyoke hopes it will mean more job opportunities for a city struggling with unemployment. Randall MacCaffrie with Cannabis Community Care said marijuana is a new market, where the number of jobs continues to grow.
“I believe the unemployment rate is double the rest of the state in this area,” MacCaffrie told 22News. “Right now there are 50 jobs available in the city, and they expect it to be 500 in the next year or so as these businesses open up in Holyoke, So I think it’s a real opportunity for the underserved, underemployed or unemployed to have this basic training in the industry.”
MacCaffrie said the culinary cannabis program will be the first to start in January, with around 40 students.
Emerging Cannabis Industry Focus Of Oct. 21 Event At HCC
By BusinessWest Staff October 4, 2019
HOLYOKE — Holyoke Community College (HCC) and its social-equity vending partner, Cannabis Community Care and Research Network (C3RN), have scheduled the first of what both organizations expect to be an ongoing series of educational and networking events designed to spur investment, economic growth, and job creation in the nascent cannabis industry in Western Mass.
“The Emerging Cannabis Industry in Western Mass.” will be held on Monday, Oct. 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the PeoplesBank Conference Room on the third floor of the HCC Kittredge Center for Business and Workforce Development, 303 Homestead Ave., Holyoke. The event will include data sharing and a panel discussion featuring key figures in the region’s cannabis industry.
The event is free and open to all and will be of particular interest to anyone who is or wants to get involved in the cannabis industry in Western Mass.
“The legalization of cannabis is often discussed in the context of social equity and justice,” said Jeff Hayden, HCC’s vice president of Business and Community Services. “This panel will discuss this new-to-Massachusetts industry as a way to stimulate private investment, promote job creation, and increase tax-revenue growth for municipalities and the Commonwealth. This is truly a promising economic and workforce-development opportunity for the Pioneer Valley.”
Panelists will include Mark Zatryka, CEO of INSA; Meg Sanders, CEO of Canna Provisions; Marcos Marrero, director of Planning and Economic Development for the city of Holyoke; and Tessa Murphy-Romboletti, executive director of SPARK EforAll Holyoke. The discussion will be moderated by Kate Phillips, director of Education for C3RN.
In August, HCC and C3RN announced a cannabis workforce-training initiative that will begin this winter with a cannabis culinary assistant program at the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute, with other training programs to follow in spring 2020.
“The growing cannabis industry in Massachusetts provides a great opportunity to engage the industry, innovators, and academics in high-quality workforce and entrepreneurial training locally,” said Marion McNabb, C3RN’s CEO. “C3RN and HCC are excited to be social-equity training partners and vendors to drive innovation in education for the cannabis and hemp industries in Massachusetts.”
Original Article: https://businesswest.com/blog/emerging-cannabis-industry-focus-of-oct-21-event-at-hcc/
BY GREGORY STOLLER ON SEPTEMBER 20, 2019BLOG
Many thanks to Dr. Marion McNabb, CEO of the Cannabis Community Care and Research Network, for her time discussing cannabis research today. We were on location at the storied Bull Mansion in Worcester, Massachusetts. She talked about developing and dispensing cannabis research, seeking funding, and partnerships with universities. Check out the pictures below. The podcast will be airing soon, followed by the edited video footage in a few weeks / months.
Dr. McNabb on Morning Edition WBUR/NPR with Bob Oakes Discussing the MA Vape Ban November 7, 2019
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