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University of New Haven to Launch New Cannabis Education Certificate Programs with Industry Leader

The online certificates will focus on the business of cannabis, its medical properties, the legal landscape of the industry, and agricultural opportunities in the emerging industry.

July 5, 2022

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The University of New Haven announced today that it is collaborating with Green Flower, a California-based cannabis education company, to launch several new online certificate programs that focus on opportunities in the cannabis industry. The University of New Haven is the first college or university in Connecticut to collaborate with Green Flower, which has developed relationships with schools across the country.

The four certificate programs will cover business, healthcare and medicine, law and policy, and agriculture and horticulture. The certificates are open to anyone, regardless of their skill sets, and are ideal for entrepreneurs, healthcare providers, legal professionals, and growers who want to learn more about opportunities in the emerging field of cannabis.

Currently, 27 states, including Connecticut, have decriminalized possession of marijuana. Connecticut is projected to reach $130 million in legal cannabis sales by the end of the year and $160 million by 2025, with more than 3,000 jobs expected to be created to meet demand. Nationwide, jobs in cannabis are projected to grow by 250 percent by 2028, far outpacing the growth in any other industry.

"This is a unique opportunity for the university to collaborate with an industry leader in the cannabis education industry to offer in-demand certificate programs that enable individuals from a variety of fields and interests to develop specialized knowledge and skills in some of the most important areas of the cannabis industry," said Danielle Wozniak, MSW, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of New Haven. "Trained professionals are needed to fill the jobs that are being created now and that will be created in the future. Students will receive cutting-edge preparation in these certificate programs to prepare them to excel in this emerging and highly competitive growth market while applying ethical business practices and quality standards to the Connecticut cannabis industry."

Each certificate program consists of three eight-week courses. Students receive online instruction in their chosen topic area from expert faculty members vetted and selected by Green Flower. The education programs are developed by board-certified doctors and lawyers along with experts in engineering and agriculture.

Each of the four cannabis certificate programs start on September 5. The cost is $2 ,950 per program. Enrollment is now open.

Students who sign up for multiple cannabis certificate programs will save 33 percent on each additional program. Each certificate program begins with the "Cannabis 101" course.

Upon completion of a cannabis certificate program, students will receive a digital badge issued by the University of New Haven and the Green Flower Institute. Students will also have access to a robust employer network. For more information, visit