The Community College of Denver is launching a new cannabis business degree program —an Associate of Applied Science. The college says it’s the first-of-its-kind in the state. The program offers classroom work and internships which supplement coursework with practical experience.
According to Dr. Marielena DeSanctis, president of the Community College of Denver, the program equips, “students with the skills they need to succeed in the fastest-growing industry in the U.S.” and allows students to take advantage of the college’s, “strong ties to the local business community.”
“CCD is committed to not only creating meaningful career opportunities for our community, but we are also in the unique position to lead in diversifying the cannabis industry,” said Dr. DeSanctis in a press release
Dr. John Frost, faculty and chair for CCD’s Cannabis program, said graduates “obtain industry-recognized credentials and build a record of work and hands-on experience.”
“This new innovative program will allow our students to think critically about cannabis legislation, growing, distributing/selling, and the social impact of the industry,” said Frost in a statement.
The program is available this fall both on-campus and online, and scholarships are available to students who qualify. The college has plans to offer a Bachelor’s Degree in Cannabis Science and Operations in the future.