Commercial Cannabis Production Program at Niagara College Overview

We continue to explore and report on new cannabis related university and certification programs that are popping up around the world to help meet the demand of employment for the sector. Let’s explore the Commercial Cannabis Production Program at Niagara College

Overview

“There is a new and overwhelming need for qualified and trained professionals in the booming cannabis production industry”, states the official course overview for the Commercial Cannabis Production Program at Niagra College. “Niagara College will prepare you with the skills to begin working in the cannabis business.”

The Commercial Cannabis Production program “provides training in the biological and cultural practices of cannabis production including plant nutrition, environment, lighting, climate control, pest control and cultivar selection.”


Highlights include:

  • Design and implement plant nutrition, lighting programs and integrated pest management to support optimal crop growth and quality.
  • Interpret data to assess crop health and quality and adapt to growth conditions/pest management strategies.
  • Comply with all regulatory and trade requirements for the safe and legal production and packaging of cannabis.
  • Create production plans for the procurement of raw materials and ensure a consistent supply of high-quality crops.
  • Develop and implement a costing system to accurately document and track crop production costs.
  • And much more!

Below is an overview of this program:

Summary of Program

“As a medicinal plant chemistry major at Minot State, you’ll be part of the only program in the state and one of only two four-year medicinal plant chemistry programs in the nation”, states the degrees course overview. “While pursuing coursework in chemistry, biology, physics, and calculus and completing a capstone research project, you’ll earn over 600 hours of laboratory experience while focusing on the extraction, separation, and analysis of compounds and chemicals from plant material.”

In addition, “You will learn the theory, skills, and techniques necessary to work in the medicinal cannabis, hops, botanical supplements, and food science industries. Hands-on laboratory experiences will prepare you for extraction, quality assurance, and quality control roles.”

Potential Career Options

Some potential marijuana-related career options you can expect to be relevant to this course include:

Master Grower

Potential salary: $70,000 – $90,000

Operations Manager

Potential salary: $65,000 – $85,000

Marijuana Producer

Potential salary: $60,000 – $120,000

Ranking of University

According USNews.com, Minot State University is ranked:

  • #32 in Regional Universities North
  • #18 in Best Colleges for Veterans
  • #7 in Best Value Schools

Course Overview

Below is the full official course overview:

There is a new and overwhelming need for qualified and trained professionals in the booming cannabis production industry. Niagara College will prepare you with the skills to begin working in the cannabis business.

The Commercial Cannabis Production program provides training in the biological and cultural practices of cannabis production including plant nutrition, environment, lighting, climate control, pest control and cultivar selection.

Highlights

  • Design and implement plant nutrition, lighting programs and integrated pest management to support optimal crop growth and quality.
  • Interpret data to assess crop health and quality and adapt to growth conditions/pest management strategies.
  • Comply with all regulatory and trade requirements for the safe and legal production and packaging of cannabis.
  • Create production plans for the procurement of raw materials and ensure a consistent supply of high-quality crops.
  • Develop and implement a costing system to accurately document and track crop production costs.
  • Plan and oversee the allocation of staffing and space to support the execution of production plans.
  • Interpret budgets and financial statements to inform cannabis production operations.
  • Access and analyze relevant contemporary research and apply findings, where appropriate, to cannabis.
  • Comply with and execute appropriate security protocols to ensure the safety and security of staff and crop.

Career Opportunities

Graduates work at a Licensed Production facility in:

  • Growing
  • Operation management
  • Production
  • Quality assurance
  • Post-harvest
  • Propagation

 

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