City of Holyoke, Holyoke Community College, and C3RN Cannabis Internship, Mentoring, and Apprenticeship Program Application
Dear Colleague,

Thank you for your interest and commitment to advancing cannabis research, best practices, and social justice!

The City of Holyoke, Holyoke Community College (HCC), and Cannabis Community Care and Research Network (C3RN) are developing a cannabis workforce training program that is scientifically-driven, evidence-based, and rooted in experiential learning.

The cannabis workforce program will take place in two phases: 1) online and in-person courses, and 2) internship/apprenticeship program. Students will first access workforce training course materials covering a variety of topics (content will be developed by highly-trained subject matter experts -- including hopefully you or your organization!) and they will receive competency-based certifications. Following the core content and training, students will then be placed into a guided internship/apprenticeship program of their choice, technical interest, and available partner learning opportunities.

Participants will receive on-the-job training, learn the latest innovations, meet technical leaders, and gain meaningful expertise through networking opportunities led and designed by students and partners. Partner companies can identify their needs and use the C3RN network to recruit from a trained workforce pool. Students will also be supported during their internship placements by C3RN and HCC -- performance will be routinely evaluated based on learning objectives and other predetermined criteria. Participants from areas identified as disproportionately affected by the drug war, including residents of Holyoke and other municipalities, will be given preference, legal support to clear past cannabis convictions, and peer support to help design a career path. Medical cannabis patients, veterans, LGTBQ, women, and other minority business leaders will get preference. The state of the art training offered through this program will also be made openly available for companies, small businesses, individuals, and other interested learners.

The state-of-the-art C3RN/HCC Cannabis workforce training and internship/apprenticeship program will be open to the general public, small businesses, companies, individuals, and other interested learners. The course work will also be available online to increase access and reach. C3RN plans to expand this workforce training and internship program to other education and research colleges and institutions in Massachusetts, North America, and Globally.

As a leading cannabis industry, academic, healthcare/clinical, and/or advocacy leader -- C3RN respectfully requests your participation in this ground-breaking, innovative, and social justice oriented program.

If you are interested in being a partner in this program, please fill out the survey below and contact Dr. Marion McNabb, CEO of C3RN, at marion@c3researchnetwork.com or 404-985-8149 to learn more about the letter of commitment and available opportunities.

The deadline for submitting your application and letter of commitment to participate is September 5, 2018.

Interested in participating in our open cannabis consumer and patient survey or seeing the latest results? Please visit www.cannacenterofexcellence.org/stigma to take the survey, get discounts at local MA dispensaries, learn how you can get involved, and access evidence-based educational resources!

Thank you for your leadership and interest in advancing access to evidence-based cannabis education and training. We hope that you will join the expanding Holyoke City, Holyoke Community College, and C3RN cannabis workforce network!

Sincerely,

Marion McNabb, MPH, DrPH
CEO
Cannabis Community Care and Research Network (C3RN)
marion@c3researchnetwork.com

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