University, Community College Team Up For Pot Degree

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A Chicago area community college is offering a pathway for students who may be interested in the burgeoning medical-cannabis industry.

Students at Oakton Community College who combine the school’s cannabis dispensary and patient care specialist certificates into an associates of general studies will now have a guarantee transfer to Northern Michigan University, where they can then obtain a bachelor’s in Medicinal Plant Chemistry.

It’s the first of its kind partnership nationwide between a community college and a four-year institution, says Stephen Butera, the senior manager of media relations at the Oakton Community College.

Butera says the short-term certificate program at Oakton is perfect for adults looking to change careers and enter the emerging medical cannabis industry. Or, students can begin their path toward a four-year degree.

The program fills a growing need in the niche industry, he said.

Anyone interested in learning more details can contact the cannabis program at Oakton Community College by e-mail at