Doane University has created a Cannabis Studies Associate Degree program. Seven online courses for the program have been created in partnership with the Winnebago tribe‘s Nebraska-based Little Priest Tribal College. It’s anticipated that the program can help tribe members gain employment at Ho-Chunk Farms, owned by the Winnebago Tribe’s Economic Development Corporation.
“Students will be able to apply the newly acquired skills, as future jobs within the Tribal community develop and to support Ho-Chunk Farms hemp production,” said Loretta Broberg, Little Priest Tribal College’s vice president of teaching and learning. “By partnering with Doane University for the Cannabis Studies program, we will work to ensure that not only will Ho-Chunk Farms be successful hemp producers but that we can become leaders in the hemp industry in Nebraska and nationwide.”
Doane professor of chemistry and the director of cannabis studies, Dr. Andrea Holmes, will teach four of the classes at the tribal college. Dr. Holmes believes the partnership “is critical for educating the future workforce, and for giving students the experience and credentials to enter a booming job market that provides opportunities to earn income for families and communities.”
Loretta Broberg, Little Priest Tribal College’s vice president of teaching and learning, called the program “a great and exciting opportunity.”