1. Cannabis Industry Promises Workforce Opportunities

    Cannabis Industry Promises Workforce Opportunities

    When a new industry in Massachusetts reaches $1 billion in sales in only four years, it certainly gets people’s attention. The Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) recently announced that, four years after legalizing cannabis for adult recreational use, and only two years after the first retail shops opened, this relatively new industry surpassed that $1 billion mark on Oct. 30. “There are a lot of jobs that go along with a billion dollars in industry activity,” said Jeff Hayden, vice president for Business and Community Services at the Kittredge Center for Business and Workforce Development at Holyoke Community College (HCC).

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    1. There are a lot of jobs that go along with a billion dollars in industry activity.
    2. Our focus wasn't on the product itself; we wanted to identify the occupations that make the most sense so we can train people for those jobs.
    3. Because HCC offers courses in business and customer service, culinary, chemistry, and agriculture, the career tracks for cannabis training line up well with the expertise the college already has.
    4. While we will not have cannabis or related products on campus, we will still do the job education has always done: share with our students the best knowledge we can provide and the best examples.
    5. By rough estimate, I anticipate, within the coming year, we will have 400 to 500 workers in the cannabis industry, just in Holyoke.
    6. Until laws change at the federal level, we cannot be actively engaged in getting involved with job seekers in the cannabis industry.
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