Students enrolled at Hocking College in southeast Ohio will soon have the opportunity to pursue a new major. This week, the small college of just under 3,500 students received final approval from the Higher Learning Commission to launch a new degree program in biomedical sciences. The major will prepare students for careers as cannabis lab technicians. And that’s good news for students looking for employment after they graduate; the medical and adult-use cannabis industry is definitely hiring.
First Ohio College to Receive Lab License Becomes First to Offer Lab Tech Major
The first place graduates with training as cannabis lab techs might look for a job is their own college. Earlier this year, the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program approved Hocking College’s application for a cannabis testing lab license, making it one of only two public institutions to receive a license at the time.
The moment Hocking received its testing lab license, Prof. Jonathan Cachat knew it was an opportunity to execute the college’s plan to create new majors in conjunction with the college’s own lab. Dr. Cachat is the Director of Laboratory Science at Hocking. For more than a year, he has been at work on new, cannabis-focused curricula.