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Niagara College has introduced the post-grad Commercial Cannabis Production program for the fall of 2018

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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. – Niagara College is keeping up with the times.

The school has introduced a Graduate Certificate program in Commercial Cannabis Production, which will launch in 2018.

In a media release on Niagara College’s website (“Niagara College to offer Canada’s first postsecondary credential in commercial cannabis production,” posted on Sept. 19), the college says the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development has approved the program.

The statement says the program will “prepare graduates to work in the licensed production of Cannabis, which is used as a therapeutic drug (Marijuana); fibre (Hemp) and as a source for seed oil.”


The College’s president, Dan Patterson, says in the statement that the school aims to be on top of changes in the industry. “We’re a pre-emptive college,” he says, “and one of our key strengths is our ability to anticipate and respond to emerging industries, trends and labour-market needs.”

The statement adds that the program “will conform to all regulations and requirements, including providing a separate and highly secure learning environment/growing facility.”

Al Unwin, associate dean of the college’s School of Environmental and Horticultural Studies, says in the statement that graduates will complete the program as “skilled and knowledgeable Greenhouse and Controlled Environment Technicians who are also trained in all of the procedures, requirements, regulations and standards for this industry.”

The one-year post-grad program is open to students 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.

The program will run at the college’s Niagara-on-the-Lake campus and is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2018.

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