“we Provide Theoretical And Practical Training For Students To Be Successful In Agriculture, Farming And Sustainability,” Rudolph Said.

She recommends that students interested in the industry take current classes at SRJC that correspond with the needs of the market. “We provide theoretical and practical training for students to be successful in agriculture, farming and sustainability,” Rudolph said. “Whether you will sell mopeds, puppies or pot, we have classes in entrepreneurship, business marketing and bookkeeping which will give you applicable knowledge to be successful in whatever you choose to grow, market or distribute.” Rudolph does not want SRJC to do anything that can risk the school’s federal funding for its many programs, such as Pell Grants, Meta4 (which includes Mi Casa), TRIO grants for health care careers in health sciences and MESA. “If we approach a cannabis-oriented program and a situation arises where the federal government says it will take our funding away, we would have to look at the potential risks and benefits,” she said. “A cannabis program could add maybe 30-100 students a year, but if you compare that to federal funding, which helps thousands of students, it is a pretty easy choice.” When it comes to internship opportunities within the cannabis industry, SRJC Internship Coordinator Lauralyn Larsen says she will provide help. “I will prepare any student who comes to me wanting an internship within his or her major by giving job seeking advice and guidance,” Larsen said. “In the past I helped one student who wanted to own his own cannabis business by encourage him to take entrepreneurial courses.” Larsen says she would talk to any California licensed cannabis business with job opportunities about posting offers on the student employment board. “I have heard that the [cannabis] industry will grow and job opportunities expand, so I think the interest among students will grow as well,” Larsen said. “But I have not had any cannabis industry companies list an internship so far.” Evelyn Navarro, SRJC student government assembly president-elect, has no plans to lead an effort to hold informational meetings about cannabis and its new career opportunities in Sonoma County when she takes office at the end of May. “But it would be ignorant to ignore the cannabis industry,” Navarro said.

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