Keeping up with the growing number of cannabis professionals in the workplace, LIM College has launched a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree program for business in the cannabis industry. This makes LIM College the first in the United States to offer a bachelor’s degree of this kind.
The private institution will offer both on-campus and online formats to provide core business and industry-specific knowledge to students pursuing careers in the legal cannabis industry. The courses will dive into cannabis retailing, marketing, product development, regulations, and other relevant information. The first classes will take place in the Fall of 2022.
This announcement comes shortly after the University of New Mexico Continuing Education announced the launch of new courses aimed to prepare workers for careers in the highly-regulated cannabis industry. They will offer four programs: Business of Cannabis, Cannabis Agriculture and Horticulture program, Cannabis Law and Policy, and Cannabis Health Care and Medicine. The Agriculture and Horticulture program, for example, will offer courses on how to care for plants, study botany and genetics, and explore plant growth techniques.
The university is partnering with Green Flower, a cannabis education platform, to provide non-credit, online certificate programs beginning this November.
The moves by LIM College and University of New Mexico Continuing Education are part of a growing trend. More higher education institutions are offering cannabis-centric courses to prepare students for a career in the legal market.
Lake Superior State University, for example, offers a four-year Cannabis Business degree aimed to fast-track graduates into the industry. Others, like Northern Michigan University, offer cannabis business certificates that students can earn over the course of several months.
With cannabis expected to generate $41.3 billion in U.S. sales by 2026, according to BDSA, it’s likely more institutions of higher learning will adapt to meet the market’s needs.