Prepare for a New Career in a Growing Industry

The Cannabis Education Center provides skilled workforce training to prepare our students for lucrative careers in the cannabis industry, public education events around opportunities and entrepreneurship, and social equity training through the state's Cannabis Control Commission's program. 

Programs Starting Now

Patient Advocate/Bud Tender


A Patient Advocate or Bud Tender works at a cannabis dispensary and interacts with patients and customers, answers questions, and provides the correct information for registered cannabis patients, caregivers, and customers making purchases.

Cannabis Cultivation Assistant


A Cannabis Cultivation Assistant assists the cannabis grow team with the activities of cultivating cannabis in all areas of the grow operation.

Cannabis Extraction Technician Assistant


A Cannabis Extraction Technician Assistant has the skills to support safely extracting useful molecular components from cannabis and hemp using various techniques, including both solvent and solventless extractions such as carbon dioxide, ethanol, hydrocarbons, and more.

Cannabis Culinary Assistant


A Cannabis Culinary Assistant is responsible for a variety of cooking, baking, and infusing cannabis- or hemp-based products with extracts.

A Growing Partnership

The Cannabis Education Center is a partnership between Holyoke Community College and the Cannabis Community Care & Research Network (C3RN). Our mission is to create an innovative learning space for those interested in joining the cannabis workforce as an employee or entrepreneur. The Center provides the following resources:

  • Academic advising & workforce training
  • Public education events that highlight entrepreneur & career opportunities
  • Entrepreneur opportunities for those interested in joining the cannabis industry as a start-up
  • Social equity training for qualified participants of the state's Cannabis Control Commission program


Social Equity Training

C3RN and HCC will be offering five courses for the Cannabis Control Commision's social equity program, Track 1 Entrepreneur. These courses will be offered for those who have been selected by CCC for the round one students for this track.