Public colleges will receive grants for cannabis courses

New York will send $5 million in grants to public college campuses to help create degree programs or course offerings to boost employment in the cannabis industry in New York.

The funding will be for non-degree or degree-eligible courses with the goal of providing employers with a skilled workforce in what is expected to be a multi-billion dollar cannabis sector of the state’s economy. .

“New York’s new cannabis industry is creating exciting opportunities, and we’ll make sure New Yorkers who want a career in this growing industry have the quality training they need to succeed,” Hochul said. . “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 Hochul office’s announcement for the funding on Monday comes after cannabis regulators last week approved licensing rules for retailers, with the first licenses expected to be issued as soon as the end of the year.

Three campuses in the State University of New York system will each receive $1 million in funding: Schenectady County Community College, Niagara County Community College and Orange County Community College. Campuses will also work with nearby community colleges for courses.

The Borough of Manhattan Community College, part of the New York University City System, will receive a $2 million grant and work alongside Lehman College.

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