Press Release

BHCC Continues Cannabis Industry Workforce Development Training

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) will host an educational workshop sponsored by Patriot Care, entitled “The Marijuana Industry in the Greater Boston Area.” The information session will be held on Tuesday, September 24, 6-9 p.m. at BHCC’s Charlestown Campus.

This workshop will serve as both an introduction to the industry as well as a preview for a more comprehensive workshop that is planned for October 21 and 22. The two-day Cannabis Career training is a six-hour workshop that includes tips and strategies for navigating your way into the new and fast-growing legal marijuana industry, whether you are interested in working for others or want to participate as an investor or owner. Presenters will include executives from Patriot Care, which owns and operates medical marijuana dispensaries in Boston, Lowell and Greenfield, MA, as well as a cultivation and manufacturing facility in Lowell.

Mary-Alice Miller, chief risk officer of Columbia Care, the parent company of Patriot Care, commented, “At our dispensaries across the country, including our dispensaries in Boston, Lowell and Greenfield, we have seen the positive impact that high-quality cannabis can have on health and wellness. We are honored to partner with BHCC as we look to support the local Greater Boston community and facilitate professional entrants into the cannabis market.”

“We are excited to partner with Patriot Care in offering an opportunity for individuals to learn about the emerging cannabis industry in Greater Boston,” said BHCC Dean of Workforce Economic Development Kristen McKenna, “This is a unique opportunity for anyone interested to learn about the skills and attributes necessary to succeed in this industry directly from corporate leaders.”

Workshop topics will include:

  • An overview of the marijuana industry and the issues it faces, both today and in the future
  • An analysis of current regulations in Massachusetts for medical and adult-use licenses
  • Considerations for participating in the industry (including the careers available and the requirements for each position)
  • Personal skills and attributes required for success
  • The unique challenges faced by an owner/operator in the industry

This September 24 workshop is free of charge and open to anyone. The two-day course running October 21-22 is $95. Pre-registration is required for both workshops and can be completed on-line by visiting

BHCC does not endorse the use of cannabis products or purchasing products from our partner companies. BHCC’s intent is to provide a public service by providing information about an emerging career track.

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About Bunker Hill Community College
With more than 50 years of academic excellence, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) is Massachusetts' largest community college, annually welcoming a diverse community of around 16,000 students. With campuses in Charlestown and Chelsea, BHCC extends its reach across several locations in Greater Boston. The College offers associate degrees and certificates, early college and dual enrollment, community education, corporate training, and industry-specific training programs. BHCC is celebrated for its diversity, boasting a student body where 65% identify as people of color and more than half are women. The College also embraces a global perspective, with over 600 international students representing 90 countries and conversing in more than 65 languages. Our commitment to diversity is further reflected in BHCC's designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI).