If you are interested in working in the adult-use cannabis industry in New York State, you'll be able to get training and take courses here in Western New York.

New York State is funding training opportunities at SUNY and CUNY colleges around the state, including here in WNY. On Monday, July 18, 2022, Governor Kathy Hochul announced that three SUNY and one CUNY will receive a total of $5 million. The SUNY and CUNY community colleges will use the money for the creation or enhancement of short-term programs that will give residents an opportunity to earn credentials to work in the cannabis industry.

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WNY Community Colleges Will Offer Courses To Train Students To Work In Cannabis Industry

Niagara County Community College received $1 million from New York State to offer courses and certifications in the cannabis industry. It will serve as the lead campus, partnering with Erie Community College, Genesee Community College, and Jamestown Community College.

Both degree-eligible and non-degree programs will be created, along with stackable credentials, and micro-credentials. The adult-use cannabis industry is projected to become a multi-billion dollar industry in New York State and will need skilled employees quickly. The marijuana industry in New York will create tens of thousands of jobs.

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New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said the training programs will help WNYers achieve their career goals within the adult-use cannabis industry,

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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