New York gives $5 million to community colleges for job training in the cannabis industry

Community colleges in New York should receive millions of dollars in funding “to support the creation or enhancement of short-term degree programs or course offerings that provide pathways to employment in the cannabis industry,” the state announced on Monday.

Four schools that are 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 says will support “programs that will create or enhance non-degree programs and degree-eligible courses and programs, stackable degrees and/or micro-certificates that quickly respond to the skills needs of local employers in the cannabis sector, an industry multi-billion dollar project with tens of thousands of jobs.

“New York’s new cannabis industry is creating exciting opportunities, and we’ll ensure that New Yorkers who want to pursue careers in this growing industry have the quality training they need to succeed,” the company said. New York Governor Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, in a press release. out Monday. “Diversity and inclusion are what make New York’s workforce a competitive and powerful asset, and we will continue to take concrete steps to ensure everyone has the opportunity to participate in the cannabis industry. .”

The funding is part of the Empire State’s ongoing preparation for its new regulated cannabis industry which is expected to launch sometime this year.

Last year, New York legalized recreational pot use for adults, giving people 21 and older the green light to smoke in public and carry up to three ounces of weed.

Under Hochul, who took office last August following the resignation of Governor Andrew Cuomo, the state’s cannabis market has gradually taken shape.

New York’s first recreational cannabis crop is nearing harvest, with the state’s established hemp growers receiving the first slate of cultivation licenses.

As in other states that have ended pot prohibition, New York has made a concerted effort to provide redress to those harmed by the War on Drugs.

Earlier this year, the state said the first round of dispensary licenses would go to people previously convicted of cannabis-related offenses, or family members of people with such convictions.

In Monday’s announcement, the state said the “cannabis certification program aligns with Governor Hochul’s ongoing commitment to providing new job opportunities for New Yorkers, especially those in communities historically underserved, while providing local employers with highly skilled, locally sourced talent”. bowl.”

Three SUNY campuses have been selected to receive $1 million each: Schenectady County Community College, which “will serve as the main campus with partners Adirondack Community College, Columbia-Greene Community College, and Fulton-Montgomery Community College,” and “is estimated to include more than 300 participants”; Niagara County Community College, which “will serve as the main campus with partners Erie Community College, Genesee Community College and Jamestown Community College, and “will include over 4,000 attendees”; and Orange County Community College, which “will serve as the main campus with partners Dutchess Community College, Rockland Community College, Sullivan County Community College, Ulster County Community College and Westchester Community College, and is expected to “include more than 200 attendees.”

A CUNY campus, the Borough of Manhattan Community College, will receive $2 million and “will serve as the main campus with partner Lehman College” and is expected to include more than 360 attendees.

These selected schools “must also partner with local cannabis industry employers and receive their input into curriculum development,” the state said in the press release, which also noted that “the Department New York State Labor and the Office of Cannabis Management support efforts to expand learning opportunities by helping connect businesses and job seekers to these essential training programs.

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