When Oaksterdam University (OU) was founded in 2007, there was no place like it in America. Today, the school is the leader in providing high-quality training to people interested in a career in the cannabis industry, and OU continues to address the growing needs of the marijuana legalization movement, from patients to regulators.
With the knowledge, input and support of our 150-plus faculty, industry pioneers, employers and cannabusiness leaders, Oaksterdam’s curriculum is the most well established and comprehensive in the nation. OU faculty helped write California’s Proposition 215, Senate Bill 420 and many other state ballot initiatives, and OU continues to write and advise on legislation and regulation of cannabis for local, state, national and international governmental bodies and agencies.
Our academic departments consist of nine disciplines—business, culinary arts, history, horticulture, law, science, life science, social science and applied science—taught by experienced faculty. Oaksterdam’s horticulture professors, for example, each have a minimum of 20 years’ experience, and engage with students in OU’s innovative hands-on cannabis grow laboratory.
The school offers education and certification along with legislative, network-ing, internship and employment opportunities—resources only an academic institution with credibility and longevity can provide. Countless journalists from a wide variety of news and documentary outlets regularly call on OU as a credible source of information.
Students—not all of whom are cannabis consumers—range from experienced health professionals and entrepreneurs to growers, caregivers and patients. Since 2007, Oaksterdam has created a growing base of alumni that now totals over 30,000.
In addition to classes held on Oaksterdam’s campus, the school holds four-day seminars across the country based on the same curriculum. Upcoming seminars will take place in Las Vegas from Nov. 11–14 and in New York from Dec. 3–6; both will focus on horticulture.
As cannabis continues to be legalized throughout the world, Oaksterdam has been invited to share its expertise in other countries. In August, our faculty participated in Expoweed in Mexico City, and on Dec. 9–11 we’ll be in Negril, Jamaica for Rastafari Rootzfest, where we’re hosting the seminar program for the second year in a row; this event is approved by the Ministry of Justice and endorsed by the Negril Chamber of Commerce and the Westmoreland Hemp and Ganja Farmers Association.
Registration is open for our New York Horticultural Seminar on Dec. 3–6 as well as for Rastafari Rootzfest in Jamaica. For more information, go to oaksterdamuniversity.com or call 510-251-1544.
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