NuEra donates $100,000 to IVCC cannabis production program

OGLESBY — Cannabis firm NuEra recently donated $100,000 to Illinois Valley Community College’s cannabis production certificate program.

NuEra’s Principle Officer Keith McGinnis of Ottawa made the gift to IVCC President Jerry Corcoran, board chair Jane Goetz and vice chair Everett Solon at IVCC’s Ottawa Center Friday morning.

“This remarkably generous gift facilitated by Keith will aid significantly in our agriculture department’s build-out of this program,” Corcoran said, adding, “It will provide the resources it needs to flourish.”

NuEra, headquartered in Wheaton, operates a cultivation center in Hillcrest, with medical dispensaries in Chicago, East Peoria and Urbana. NuEra also services the adult use cannabis market in East Peoria, Pekin, Champaign, Urbana and two facilities in Chicago.

A pioneer in the Illinois cannabis market, the company formerly known as NuMed was one of the first licensed operators in Illinois’ medical pilot program and has been serving the medical cannabis community since 2016.

Last fall, IVCC’s agriculture program partnered with Mid-American Growers (MAG) of Granville in developing the two-semester cannabis certificate. In addition to on-campus classes, students are working paid internships at MAG and Green Thumb Industries in Oglesby.

For information, contact ag instructor Kathryn Seebruck at Kathryn_Seebruck@ivcc.edu. Registration for summer classes opens April 2, for fall April 8.