SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — LSU Shreveport will be offering a “Careers in Cannabis” course for the spring semester in 2021.
“I honestly didn’t know anything about the cannabis industry myself, so I did a little bit of research on it and found that there is so much you can do within the cannabis industry,” said Julie Lessiter, vice chancellor for strategic initiatives at LSU Shreveport.
She says it can provide more job opportunities for anyone who participates.
“If you look at the industry perhaps, not here yet in Shreveport, but if you look at other states, there are so many different jobs that students can get into; it’s appliance, it’s accounting..,” said Lessiter.
The four-week course will start on Feb. 9 and will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Lessiter explained, “There are limited seats in person but, we also do have a live stream capability for those who cannot make that time or feel uncomfortable so, we’re offering both options.”
The cannabis course is a test run to see how many people are interested in it. If the class gains a lot of interest, it will be listed under a degree program.
“We have three canna-tech companies in Shreveport, and the course will be taught by someone with the company,” Lessiter said.
The course is $150, and a certificate will be given upon completion. To sign up log onto the LSU Shreveport website.
The course will cover topics such as basic and clinical research on cannabinoids, growing hemp, jobs in the field, laws and regulations, as well as marketing of products.
The idea of bringing a course to Shreveport came from a visit by a CanaTech Co.
Although it is not a degree program, students who sign up can receive a certificate.