Vermont Tech Starts CBD Certificate Program

September 9, 2019 15:00:55

Vermont Technical College has become the first college in the state to offer a certificate program to students who wish to learn about the hemp and CBD industries. The program is called “CBD and Greenhouse Cash Crop Certificate.”

This program was designed to be a hands-on program that will enable students to get a firsthand experience of what it takes to grow hemp plants and then extract CBD from the dry matter.

The professors who will be in charge of the program say that their intention isn’t to jump onto the hemp and CBD bandwagon. Instead, they want to be facilitators of that wave by providing interested people with the knowledge and the skills that they need to thrive in this new industry.

Christine Motyka is an adjunct professor who is slated to teach the students who enroll for this certificate program. She says that the CBD industry is currently “a crazy ride” in which every step of the process is a learning experience. She says that if the students can get an idea of the challenges in the industry and also learn some important things that they can get right from the get-go, then they will be able to save lots of money and time. This, Motyka says, will make the whole course worthwhile.

The class will be divided into three parts and the lessons are due to begin on September 12. Students will be taken through classroom lectures and these will then be backed up by site visits to see hemp being cultivated and processed. The history of cannabis plants, the chemistry of CBD extraction and the current legal landscape will all be handled in the course.

Motyka has extensive experience at different levels of the hemp value chain. For example, she teaches at the technical college offering the CBD program, she has ever worked at a medical marijuana dispensary and she is also a director at a cannabis production facility.

By the end of last week, 11 students had signed up for the course which will only accept a maximum of 12 students in order to keep the program as practical as possible. Each of those 12 students will pay $1,350 as tuition.

These students will get an in-depth look into the rapidly changing CBD landscape. For example, CBD isn’t currently allowed in the food chain for either humans or animals and the widely anticipated FDA rules on this matter could send the industry in an entirely different direction from what it currently is. State-level laws are also in constant flux, so students will be able to appreciate that getting into the industry may not offer a quick way to get rich.

Analysts are convinced that industry actors like Sugarmade Inc. (OTCQB: SGMD) and The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. (TSX: TGOD) (OTCQX: TGODF) are happy that colleges are offering training in CBD so that the industry takes off on the right footing.

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