October 27, 2020
City College of San Francisco
Director of Media Relations
415-788-1000 Ext. 101
City College of San Francisco Rounds Out First National Cannabis Program with New All-Star Faculty Lineup and Professional Certification Program
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Fresh off the heels of launching the first Cannabis Associate of Arts Degree in the nation, City College of San Francisco is now offering an industry-specific program that could set the bar for state and national industry qualification standards. Beginning this week, students can enroll in classes that will lead to a “badge” in one of four areas - manufacturing, public education, social equity, and business and finance - which will be recognized by the Bay Area cannabis industry as an indicator of expertise in the field.
And beginning this coming Spring, the College will offer cannabis coursework taught by an all-star cast of culinary professionals, including: Netflix-featured Chef Amanda Jackson; Chef Mennlay Aggrey, who literally wrote the book on Weed Butter; and the James Beard-nominated Chef Miguel Trinidad.
“We are so excited to be offering this one-of-a-kind opportunity for both students and teachers,” says Jennifer Dawgert-Carlin, chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences at City College of San Francisco. “Everyone who is teaching in our program has been incubating incredible ideas, and just waiting for someone to provide them with an avenue to share them.”
Take, for example, Chef Amanda Jackson who worked her way up from dishwasher to Chef de Cuisine while attending culinary school, and now specializes in creating luxe dining experiences for celebrities. She will teach a CCSF class this spring that explores the historical roots – and intersectionality – of southern cooking and marijuana, both of which are deeply rooted in Black culture.
“When working to build out this program, we looked for experts who embraced the idea of social equity, and would incorporate broader teachings related to the cultural and political history of marijuana in the United States,” Dawgert-Carlin continued. “One cannot study cannabis without the painful history that comes with it, including the mass incarceration of people of color.”
Those interested from across the country can begin enrolling in the courses immediately. Available courses include Cannabis 101 – An Introduction to Cannabis; Cannabis and Social Equity; and METRC, Compliance, and the Cannabis Industry. Courses are offered once or twice weekly in the evenings to accommodate the schedules of working professionals. To learn more and enroll, please visit the CityCannabis website.
About The City College of San Francisco Cannabis Studies Program
The City College of San Francisco Cannabis Studies program offers the nation’s first Cannabis Associate of Arts Degree, provides workforce development opportunities for cannabis professionals, and offers general education opportunities to anyone interested in the subject. Available programming provides an introduction to the complex biopsychosocial relationship of humans to cannabis in multiple cultural, institutional, and interpersonal contexts. Cannabis Studies will prepare students for degrees in related disciplines such as Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, and Political Science; or provide skills to pursue careers in one of the largest job-creating industries in the nation that is on track to being worth several billion dollars by 2030. Learn more about the program.
About City College of San Francisco
For 85 years, City College of San Francisco (CCSF) has been the region’s premiere public, two-year community college. CCSF is one of the first in the nation to offer free tuition, providing San Franciscans with the opportunity to access a quality college education and workforce training that leads to university transfer and good jobs. City College offers credit and noncredit instruction and more than 250 degrees and certificates. For more about City College of San Francisco, please visit https://www.ccsf.edu/.