IVCC offers cannabis dispensary program

Program covers medical, recreational cannabis markets

Two sessions of the Cannabis Dispensary Agent/Patient Care Specialist program will be offered this fall through Illinois Valley Community College’s Continuing Education Center.

Sessions meet 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 15, through Oct. 20 in Room CTC214 on main campus (ID:9) and Nov. 3 to Dec. 15 at Ottawa Center, 321 W. Main St. (ID:10)

The program covers the medical and recreational cannabis markets and applies to other parts of the industry. Students will learn to speak and educate others confidently about cannabis and will know detailed information on the cannabis plant and how it can be used medicinally.

It also provides an overview of laws regarding Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulations (IDFPR) and how they can be implemented within a dispensary or retail setting. The course prepares students for state licensure.

“IVCC continues to respond to the needs of various industries by providing training to build workforces,” said Director of Continuing Education and Business Services Jennifer Scheri.

Course instructor Joseph Naszke helped develop the program.

Candidates for employment in the cannabis industry must be at least 21 and must pass a criminal background check. Cost is $249. To register or for information, call 815-224-0547.