Oakton to host free virtual cannabis license workshops this fall

Oakton cannabis education students LuShonda D. Young and Angelina Cibulskis work in the PharmaCann Cannabis Cultivation lab on Oakton’s Des Plaines campus.

Des Plaines, Ill. (Oct. 3, 2022) Illinois cannabis license applicants and prospective applicants are invited to attend free workshops offered by Oakton Community College — to help them navigate the state’s licensing process and move closer to beginning careers in the emerging cannabis industry. Prospective applicants can start planning now in preparation for the future release of cannabis business applications.

Most sessions will be held through the Zoom app this fall in an open-forum format, small group settings, and one-to-one consultations. Overview sessions are open to all, while the small group and consultation sessions are for those who qualify as social equity applicants.

Topics include:

  • Compliance training on state and local regulations.
  • Operating agreements
  • Technical writing
  • Basic bookkeeping skills
  • Cannabis industry best practices
  • Other skills and services needed to operate a cannabis business

Workshops are supported by a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. 

Upcoming workshops include:

  • Small Group Workshop: Operating Agreements
    6-7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18 (Register)

  • Cannabis Dispensary License Overview Session
    11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22 (Register)
    • Hybrid Session (In-person and virtual/online option)
    • In-person location, Illinois Cannabis Education Center, 3812 N Clark Street, Chicago

  • Cannabis Dispensary License Overview Sessions
    6:30-8:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 24 (Register)

  • Craftgrow License Overview Session
    6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2

  • Infusion License Overview
    6-8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3

  • Small Group Workshop: Technical Writing
    7-8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10

  • Cannabis License Consultation
    10:30-11:45 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15

  • Small Group Session: Compliance
    6-7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15

  • Cannabis License Consultation
    11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Monday, Dec. 5

Registration for sessions taking place in November and December will be added to Oakton’s Cannabis Programs Eventbrite page. 

Oakton offers three cannabis career certificates in its Cannabis Studies Program. Oakton was the first community college in the nation to offer a cannabis-centered, college-credit career certificate, the Cannabis Dispensary and Patient Care Specialist certificate program

Oakton then launched a new Cannabis Transportation, Logistics and Supply Chain Management certificate program to meet the growing needs of the cannabis industry. Oakton’s 14-credit hour certificate program prepares transporters to apply state laws and regulations to transport and track cannabis securely.

Most recently, the College launched a 12-credit hour Cannabis Cultivation Certificate, which includes hands-on training in the cannabis cultivation lab on the Des Plaines campus. The lab is made possible by a generous donation from PharmaCann Inc., a leading national cannabis company. 

For more information, email cannabisprograms@oakton.edu.