A.D. In 2016, the year California California marijuana became legal, Forbes Magazine reports Cannabis major producers can order six digits. Since then, the cannabis business has exploded, and schools like Diablo Valley College are now offering new career paths to students.
“Jobs in the cannabis industry are expected to skyrocket in California,” said Professor Betallin Black, chairman of the Department of Vegetation Development in DVC. In response, her department will soon introduce a new certification program to meet the needs of skilled workers in the industry.
In collaboration with the Department of Business Administration, Black has spent the past three years developing four new certificates to prepare and train students for entrepreneurship and employment in the horticulture industry. One of these is the Master’s Development Certificate, which describes the need for additional promotional cannabis manufacturers in the market.
The main farmers’ program includes small business management, entrepreneurship and enterprise management, bookkeeping and marketing courses with gardening facilities such as nursery and greenhouse practices and supervision.
The growing area, taught by Professor Mi Michel Iston, covers hydroponic systems to develop a common method for indoor cannabis cultivation. However, because DVC is a drug-free campus, and cannabis is classified as a Plan 1 drug, the plants raised here are learned skills transmitted by other plants such as cannabis and hemp. According to Black, if the cannabis grows in the yard, safety standards will be very strict.
In the near future, the Black Fruit Department will create a specific cannabis training certificate in horticulture, culinary arts, extraction and other sectors, he said. Even then, she said, cannabis does not grow in the greenhouse.
Currently, the only part that is directly related to the cannabis industry is DVC Starting your own industrial hemp business (BUSMG 150 IH-3732), taught by Professor Michael Miller. For the first time this spring, it has a full enrollment of 34 students.
Last November, DVC formed a cannabis planning team to better serve students and ensure compliance with all legal requirements. Their purpose is to develop legal cannabis-related programs that meet the mission of the community college for student human resource development. Membership in the group includes faculty, students, staff and administrators from DVC and sister sister colleges in the district, as well as legal counsel and regional directors from the Bay Area Community College Union.
Business Administration professors Charlie Shi and Mariam Warham said the general trend towards entrepreneurship has prompted many other college departments to produce similar certificates. Programs, including food arts, kinology, music, theater, and the arts, are also working to create certificates of employment.
Black said she has completed the development of these new programs, which she began in 2018. While awaiting state and district approval, the Department of Horticulture expects to present these new certification programs to DVC in the spring of 2022.
Currently, the Horticulture department is rolling in the compound, almost all of which require face-to-face laboratories. The program has six plant sales between now and the end of the spring semester.
Plant sales days are March 20, 27, April 17, 24, May 1 and 8. The public is invited to place orders online DVC Horticulture website On the Monday before each sale. Next Saturday, the professors will have orders ready to meet Black and Iiston clients and pick them up at the end of the parking lot.