New York Gives $5 Million to Community Colleges for Cannabis Industry Job Training

New York Gives Million to Community Colleges for Cannabis Industry Job Training
High Times

Community colleges in New York are set to receive millions in funding “to support the creation or enhancement of short-term credential programs or course offerings that provide pathways to employment in the cannabis industry,” the state announced on Monday. Four schools that are a part of the State University of New York (SUNY) and City University of New York (CUNY) systems will receive a total of $5 million that the state said will support “programs that will create or enhance non-degree and degree-eligible courses and programs, stackable credentials, and/or microcredentials that quickly address local employer skill needs within the cannabis sector, a projected multi-billion dollar industry with tens of thousands jobs.” “New York’s new cannabis industry is creating exciting opportunities, and we will ensure that New Yorkers who want careers in this growing sector have the quality training they need to be successful,” New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, said in a press release on Monday. “Diversity and inclusion are what makes New York’s workforce a competitive, powerful asset, and we will continue to take concrete steps to help ensure everyone has the opportunity to participate in the cannabis industry.”  The funding is part of the Empire State’s continued preparation for its new regulated cannabis industry that is expected to launch at some point this year. New York legalized recreational pot use for adults last year, which gave the greenlight to individuals 21 and older to toke up in public and to carry up to three ounces of weed.  Under Hochul, who took office last August following the resignation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the state’s cannabis market has steadily taken shape. New York’s first recreational cannabis crop is nearing harvest, with the state’s established hemp farmers receiving the first slate of cultivation licenses. As in other states that have…

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