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The Cannabis Control Commission recently approved a first of its kind proposal from the City, Hoyoke Community College, and the Cannabis Community Care & Research Network to train Holyokers for jobs in the marijuana industry.

The decision by the Cannabis Control Commission to have Holyoke be a site for social equity training will bring lasting economic impact in the city. Holyoke already offers the best cost profile and platform for cannabis growing in the state, adding to that the workforce development component will only strengthen the industry’s success here further, as well as its positive impact for our residents.

“Given the number of job opportunities to come in this industry, it is our priority to make sure Holyoke residents are prepared to fill these openings,” Holyoke Mayor Alex B. Morse said Tuesday. 

Coupled with city’s request that companies strive to ensure 30 percent of their employees are from Holyoke, is our belief that it is incumbent upon the city to do our part to ensure there is a continual pool of qualified applicants from our city to make sure these numbers are met.

“We will be training students in customer service, dosing and extraction methods and techniques, but when it is time for students to work with actual product, that will take place offsite through our partner C3RN.  As the education partner, we want to ensure that  local residents and students have access to opportunities — including those in emerging industries such as cannabis — that lead to jobs,” Jeff Hayden, vice president of business and community services at HCC said.


Posted on October 25, 2018 by