Lake Superior State University and Agilent to sponsor the Cannabis Center of Excellence

Published Sep 18, 2019 10:00 a.m. ET
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Marijuana plants are part of the higher echelon when enrolling at Lake Superior State University, as people become hungry for a more in-depth cannabis education. The marijuana plant is the reason for the amalgamation of Agilent with LSSU. Agilent is proud to take an active role in the supporting of higher education throughout the world. The intention of the union between Agilent and Lake Superior State University was to promote cannabis analysis and chemistry endeavors to further our knowledge surrounding the marijuana plant species.

What is the LSSU?

The LSSU Cannabis Center of Excellence is a state-of-the-art facility, capable of facilitating the progressively expanding cannabis industry. So far, the state-of-the-art facility has over two million dollars of Agilent preeminent scientific instruments with the Crawford Hall of Science house containing 2600 square feet of space where the program calls home. This program is the country's first that is cannabis-focused and supplies graduates with a recognized and legitimate degree. The University will be offering students the opportunity to participate in a bachelor's degree program with the major being cannabis chemistry, commencing in the fall of 2019.

Training

The University is set to be the leading training center for the next generation of chemists in the cannabis industry. The marijuana plant will be the basis for this program that will produce chemists ready to work in the cannabis research sector, immediately upon graduation. After graduating, the students will be hired in numerous cannabis research jobs. These graduates will also be part of the implementation of specific highly sensitive tests from law enforcement, regulatory affairs, and the public health and safety in general.

The trainees will also possess a qualified partnership in both the cannabis and the scientific community. The undergraduate students will finish fully equipped as job-ready chemists already experienced in modern multi-million-dollar techniques. The union of Agilent and LSSU will provide all students with Agilent preeminent scientific instruments, in both their faculty-mentored undergraduate research and coursework.

Cannabis jobs and employment opportunities

Dr. Lynn Gillette believes the hard-working partnership development, within the industry-leading companies, will put the graduates from this new cannabis program in a position to engage in the sought-after cannabis research jobs on the market today. It is foreseeable that by the year 2022 more than 500,000 jobs will be created in the cannabis industry, not only in the cannabis research jobs sectors but as admission into a graduate school, which will begin within one year of the course completion. The growing employment numbers are expected to surpass the healthcare and technology sector.

This program was created to provide a platform for students of LSSU to be at the forefront of the analytical cannabis industry.  Doing this will fill the need for skilled scientific professionals in the cannabis space today and moving forward. Agilent is proud to be a supporter of the Cannabis Center of Excellence. The Senior Director of Laboratory Solution Sales, Steven Gagliardi, believes the union has formed an active program that will benefit the fast-growing cannabis research area.

The University is in the early stages of developing a bachelors and associate degree in business administration. The standard degree course will include economic law, entrepreneurship, business policy and attention to dispensary operations within the cannabis culture. Lynn Gillette is positive that the Cannabis-Specific Chemistry Program and the Cannabis Business Degree will provide skilled graduates for employment in the budding cannabis industry.

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