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First batch of cannabis production students graduate at Niagara College


June 24, 2019
By Grow Opportunity staff

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Credit: Niagara College

The first cohort of 23 students from the Niagara College (NC) Commercial Cannabis Production graduate certificate program were among 600 graduates to cross the stage on day four of NC’s 2019 Spring Convocation ceremonies. The first of its kind in Canada, the program was launched in the fall of 2018 to meet a significant demand for qualified, professional workers in Canada’s pioneering cannabis industry.

“This is a historic moment for our College and for postsecondary education in our country. We are proud to celebrate the first graduates in Canada to earn a postsecondary credential in Commercial Cannabis Production,” said NC president Dan Patterson. “This is a testament to how our pre-emptive College responds to industry needs and trends, and these highly skilled graduates will help to drive the growth of this important industry sector.”

One of the graduates, Rob Clements, already has a position lined up for him at London-based licensed producer Indiva.

“It feels amazing to be in the first ever graduating class,” Clements. “I get to go out into the workforce with a credential that only 23 people have.”