New York State is dedicating money to ensure residents have access to proper training to work in the adult-use marijuana industry. On Monday, July 18, 2022, Governor Kathy Hochul announced that the $5 million will go to SUNY and CUNY community colleges to help fund the creation or enhancement of short-term programs that give students credentials or opportunities to work in the cannabis industry. Both degree-eligible and non-degree programs will be created, along with stackable credentials, and micro-credentials. The goal of these programs is to supply the projected multi-billion dollar industry with skilled employees quickly. The state estimates that the adult-use cannabis industry in New York will create tens of thousands of jobs.

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The $5 million will be split among 4 schools around the state.

These 3 SUNY campuses will each receive $1 Million:

- Schenectady County Community College will serve as the lead campus, partnering with Adirondack Community College, Columbia-Greene Community College, and Fulton-Montgomery Community College.

- Niagara County Community College will serve as the lead campus, partnering with Erie Community College, Genesee Community College, and Jamestown Community College.

- Orange County Community College will serve as the lead campus, partnering with Dutchess Community College, Rockland Community College, Sullivan County Community College, Ulster County Community College, and Westchester Community College.

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This CUNY campus will receive $2 Million:

- Borough of Manhattan Community College will serve as the lead campus partnering with Lehman College.

New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said,

By investing in quality accreditation programs on SUNY and CUNY campuses, we are empowering New Yorkers to achieve their career goals. This is a win for cannabis employers and a win for workers looking to move into in-demand careers with untapped potential in New York State.

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