Moraine Valley Community College is the first college in the Chicago area to partner with the California-based cannabis curriculum experts Green Flower to offer two noncredit online programs for anyone looking to start a career in the rapidly growing cannabis manufacturing and cultivation fields.

The demand is high for skilled and trained professionals in the cannabis industry. Illinois supports nearly 29,000 full-time jobs in the industry and recorded $1.78 billion in cannabis sales in 2021, according to the Leafly 2022 Jobs Report.

Whether working in the industry or looking to transition into a cannabis career, Moraine Valley’s eight-week online programs provide the knowledge and skills needed to be successful. Students can begin their chosen program at any time and complete it in eight weeks.

Each online program features expert information and perspectives from industry-leading professionals, delivered in a format using best learning practices.

The Advanced Cultivation Technician program gives students advanced job skills and knowledge to excel in cannabis cultivation. Topics include:

  • Botany and genetics of the cannabis plant
  • Seeds, germination and cloning
  • Light sources
  • Pests, disease and threat management
  • Irrigation and watering essentials

The Advanced Manufacturing Agent program helps students learn the expertise and advanced skill set needed to succeed in manufacturing. Subjects include:

  • Product development
  • Formulation and plant ensemble
  • Extraction processes and principles
  • Production operations and transportation requirements
  • Recordkeeping and product testing

“These programs help ensure not only the continued explosive growth of the industry in Illinois but also growth in great part due to a well-trained workforce,” said Daniel Kalef, vice president of Higher Education at Green Flower. “Like other highly regulated industries, the need to have expertise in material handling, quality control, patient care, horticulture and more is vital to the success of all aspects of the industry and all things people will learn in these programs.”

Learn more about Moraine Valley’s noncredit cannabis programs at For more information on noncredit classes, contact Corporate, Community and Continuing Education at (708) 974-5735 or


About Green Flower 

Founded in 2014, Green Flower is the industry leader in cannabis education, empowering thousands of consumers, regulators, and professionals with the knowledge they need to succeed in the emerging cannabis industry today. Green Flower’s content and technology platform powers the cannabis programs of top universities and colleges across the country, provides customized learning and compliance solutions for cannabis businesses of all sizes, and equips individuals with the skills and credentials necessary to make an impact in the modern cannabis industry.


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