Scholarships & Payment Plans

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for the Patient Advocate/Bud Tender, Cannabis Cultivation Assistant, Cannabis Extraction Technician Assistant, and Cannabis Culinary Assistant programs. 


The CEC scholarship fund is administered by the Cannabis Center of Excellence, Inc., a 501c3 organization working with the Holyoke Community College- and C3RN-hosted CEC programs. Scholarships may be provided to those who have been impacted negatively by the drug war, those who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or low-income, among other criteria.

CRITERIA
(Applicants must qualify for at least one of these eight criteria)

  1. Residence in an area of disproportionate impact as identified for at least five of the past 10 years and an income that does not exceed 200% of the Federal Poverty Level;
  2. Either have been or currently unemployed or underemployed within the last six months from Holyoke and the surrounding areas. Note: An unemployed individual is defined as an individual who is not currently employed. An underemployed individual is defined as an individual who is working outside the target sector and earning less than a self-sustaining wage.
  3. A past drug conviction and residence in Massachusetts for at least the preceding 12 months; or
  4. Married to or the child of a person with a drug conviction and residence in Massachusetts for at least the preceding 12 months.
  5. Those who have been arrested for cannabis or cannabis-related charges in any U.S. state; 
  6. Woman, veteran, disabled, Native American, LGTBQ, African American, Hispanic, or other minority;
  7. Been unemployed for the last six months from Holyoke and the surrounding areas;
  8. Residents of Holyoke or surrounding areas that are identified as disproportionately impacted by the drug war by the Cannabis Control Commission in Massachusetts.  

Limited Cannabis Workforce Development Training scholarships are available for specific cannabis programs that the CEC offers. Scholarship applicants will first be notified of receipt of the scholarship application. Successful applicants will then be notified two weeks prior to the start of the workforce program for which they applied.

Please be advised: If applying to multiple programs, you will need to complete a scholarship application for each interested track. CEC scholarship recipients are expected to maintain full-time enrollment in the program, be in good academic standing (based on Cannabis Education Center policies), and intend to make a lasting career in the cannabis industry.   

Scholarships will be awarded and based on:

  1. Application responses and scoring
  2. First come, first serve basis
  3. Completion of the program requirements by the awardee
  4. Availability of scholarship funds.


There are a limited number of scholarships available, and they are awarded on a first come, first served basis. 


How to Apply:

  1. Register for your chosen class online.
  2. Enter personal information.
  3. Select "Scholarship" as your payment method.
  4. You will be contacted by the Cannabis Education Center with instructions on how to apply.


Please note: Using the scholarship option at payment or applying for a scholarship does not guarantee you will be awarded a scholarship.

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Payment Plans

Payment plans are available for the Patient Advocate/Bud Tender, Cannabis Cultivation Assistant, Cannabis Extraction Technician Assistant, and Cannabis Culinary Assistant programs and are broken down as follows:


  • $500 due at registration
  • $1000 due before the start of the first class
  • $500 per week after that until the balance is paid in full.


Select "Payment Plan" when checking out. 

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Register

Sign up for cannabis classes online.