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Workforce Development

Spring 2023 Horticulture Cannabis Classes (1/17/23 – 5/12/23)

A Workforce Development Opportunity!

All classes are open to the public. Horticulture classes through Workforce Development are non-credit. You will receive a certificate of completion for the non-credit course if you attend at least 85% of all sessions of the course and earn a grade of at least 70%.

If you would like to turn your certificates of completion into credit, towards a Horticulture certificate or AAS degree; up to 7 credits may be awarded through the NCCC Credit for Prior Learning Process. More information on the requirements can be provided by the Horticulture program coordinator.  Seating is limited.

The Biology of Cannabis
A detailed study of the anatomy and physiology of cannabis. This course introduces students to the unique features of cannabis biology including: species evolution and taxonomy, morphology and floral traits, cannabinoids, terpenes, tropisms, plant genetics, and breeding. Topics will be present to increase awareness of role external environmental factors play in producing internal responses in cannabis.

Instructor: Melissa Moore
Fee: $250
Option 1 – On Campus: Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:30 – 9:45 a.m., NCCC Sanborn Campus, Room B201
Option 2 – Online: Asynchronous Web-Based Lecture

Cannabis Pest Management
Designed to develop the student’s skills for biotic and antibiotic diagnostic problem identification and understanding of potential prevention and treatment options in the cannabis industry. This course covers the identification of various environmental, nutrient, insect, disease, and weed pest issues as well as cultural, non-chemical, organic, biological controls, and synthetic chemical pest management options and how they impact quality control issues. Emphasis is placed on sustainable, best management practices.

Instructor: Melissa Moore
Fee: $250
Option 1 – On Campus: Fridays, 8:20 – 10:50 a.m., NCCC Sanborn Campus, Room B201
Option 2 – Online: Asynchronous Web-Based Lecture

Cannabis Products and Technologies
This course will review popular cannabis products and examine the technology used to manufacture these products. Students will learn the production process and technologies. Major and minor cannabinoids will be discussed and how they pertain to various end-use products. Full spectrum, broad spectrum, distillates, and isolate extracts will be defined. Students will discover current advances in cannabinoid sourcing methods.

Instructor: Melissa Moore
Fee: $250
Option 1 – On Campus: Thursdays, 8:20 – 10:50 a.m., NCCC Sanborn Campus, Room C228
Option 2 – Online: Asynchronous Web-Based Lecture

Culinary Cannabis & Edibles (Hybrid)   
This course includes an important introduction to the legal, financial, and societal issues surrounding the culinary cannabis industry. Lean about the laws that govern cannabis distribution, cultivation, possession, and consumption for adults and medical patients. Additionally, this course will explore the history of cannabis, plant anatomy, concentrates and extracts, the human endocannabinoid system, cannabis terpenes, culinary cannabis industry math, cannabis shopping/storage/cooking, and careers available in the industry. This course is specifically designed to prepare students for the American Culinary Federation Specialization Certificate in Culinary Cannabis and Edibles Exam.

Instructor: Chef Nathan Koscielski
Fee: $250
Days/Times:  Mondays 3:00 – 4:52 p.m.
Location:  Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, Room 134


Carolyn Stanko
Horticulture Program Coordinator
Phone: 716-614-6423
Location: C-249