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Connecticut Community College to Offer Cannabis Horticulture Course

Campus officials reacted to the legalization of cannabis in the state.

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Responding to changing legislation in the state of Connecticut, growing need, and increasing applications for cannabis, NVCC will offer a new course in cannabis production this fall. The cannabis course is offered to Horticulture majors who are interested in learning and training in the new thriving field of hemp and cannabis production.  This course will teach students all aspects of cannabis production, which include soils, plant biology, plant nutrition, pest management issues, and harvesting. This lecture-based course is a pilot offered in the Fall 2021 semester in an online format, using Blackboard for this academic year. Based on feedback it may be offered in subsequent semesters as needed.

Christopher J. Tuccio, Program Coordinator of Horticulture and Professor of Horticulture in NVCC’s STEM Division, commented on the new course offering. “As legislation throughout the country is changing, it is important to train new horticulturists on the techniques and science of cannabis cultivation. I am very happy to be adding new, diverse course offerings such as this to our Horticulture curriculum at NVCC. This is a burgeoning field within the industry. Students would do well to learn about the future prospects of this field.” 

NVCC is the only community college in Connecticut that offers a degree in horticulture. Through this program,  students may continue their education at a four-year university or apply for employment in landscaping, greenhouses, garden centers or landscape design centers.

The University of Connecticut is the only other college in the state that offers a horticulture degree and graduates from our program can expect to seamlessly transfer to UCONN to earn a bachelor’s degree. 

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