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Hocking College (Nelsonville, Ohio) reportedly received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission to proceed with their new cannabis lab technician program (1). According to the college’s website, the Cannabis Lab Technician program at Hocking College is the first Associate Degree in Laboratory Sciences with a major in Cannabis Laboratory in the United States (2).
The program plans to teach students about cannabis specific tests and techniques while spending a significant amount of time doing hands-on training with common analytical instruments found in other commercial labs. The lab will reportedly allow for on-site processing operations and analytical testing.
Classes specific to this program will be available in the fall of 2019.