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Are you interested in working in the cannabis industry?

North Shore Community College now offers the Cannabis Cultivation and Retail certificate, a two-semester academic program designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in this emerging field. Graduate within nine months with experience in cannabis cultivation, processing, preparation, retail, and outreach. Credits from this academic certificate can also be used towards an Associate Degree at NSCC in Horticulture and Business Administration.



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Next Steps

Apply today for NSCC’s Cannabis Cultivation and Retail program which begins Fall 2023.

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NSCC’s Cannabis Cultivation and Retail certificate program is Open Admissions and begins each Fall. There is no fee to apply to this program.

Here are the courses for NSCC’s Cannabis Cultivation and Retail certificate program.

Cannabis is now a $25 billion dollar business in the United States – representing a 33% increase in jobs in a single year – and for five years in a row, annual job growth has been greater than 27%.

Graduates from this program will develop a wide array of skills to help them in their career.


The total tuition and General and Technology Fees for In-state Residents without financial aid is $4,200 for the 16-credit certificate (fees vary by program). 

This program is eligible for financial aid.

Books and course materials, transportation, and health insurance expenses are not included in the tuition and fee costs.

The Board of Trustees reserves the right to increase fees without prior notice. The MA Board of Higher Education reserves the right to increase tuition without prior notice.

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NSCC is committed to supporting the educational and career goals of its students, as well as the health, wellness, and safety of all who enroll. If you have the will to attend college, we have the way to make it happen.

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Program Questions 

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Visit CentroHub, NSCC’s virtual campus, for in-person assistance via Zoom.


Veterans Affairs (VA) Education Service (EDU) Policy Advisory

Because marijuana remains illegal at a federal level, Congress has not provided any exception for students seeking to use their VA educational benefits on courses involving the cultivation, sale, or distribution of marijuana, and to be consistent with Veterans Readiness and Education, will prohibit a student from using VA educational benefits for such courses. This prohibition includes programs in states in which either the recreational or medicinal use of marijuana is legally permissible.

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