Queens College (QC) and Farmingdale State College (FSC) Present Introductory Cannabis Industry Workshop on Saturday, June 11 and Saturday, June 18, 2022

 –Workshop Covers New York State’s Emerging Cannabis Sector and the Skills Needed to Start or Work in a Cannabis Business; Participants Will Be Introduced to the FSC Cannabis Production and Management Certificate Program–

Media Contacts:  QC | Maria Matteo at Maria.Matteo@qc.cuny.edu                                    FSC | Matthew Colson at colsonmj@farmingdale.edu


(Flushing, NY, May 4, 2022)

WHAT: An introductory non-credit bearing workshop, “Get Started in the Cannabis Industry,” designed for members of the public who would like to learn more about opening, managing, or working in a cannabis business in New York State. Presented in a partnership between Queens College and Farmingdale State College, the two-part course is designed to provide an introductory understanding of the cannabis industry in New York State.

Participants will gain insight into the cannabis industry through presentations by distinguished faculty and will have the opportunity to meet with leaders in the cannabis community, as well as successful entrepreneurs. They will also learn about the FSC Cannabis Production and Management Certificate Program and will earn a combined QC and FSC cannabis micro-credential digital badge at the end of the course. Space is limited to 25 participants. The registration fee is $25.

Course topics will include an introduction to the U.S. cannabis industry; the role that medical marijuana played in industry development; the legal environment for the cannabis industry in NYS; management and marketing of a cannabis business; economics of cannabis; cannabis plant science and production; and how to enter and advance in the cannabis industry.

A representative from the New York State Office of Cannabis Management will provide an update on NYS’s regulations and policies.
Queens College President Frank H. Wu will visit with workshop participants on June 11 at 3:30 pm; Farmingdale State College President John S. Nader will visit with workshop participants on June 11 at 9:30 am.

To learn more and to register, please visit cannabisworkshop.qc.cuny.edu.
Quotes from Institution Leaders:
“We are pleased to partner with Farmingdale State College on this initiative and to help create a path toward entrepreneurship for populations who had previously been negatively impacted by cannabis legislation,” says Queens College President Frank H. Wu.

“Farmingdale State College is at the center of preparing people to work in this newly emerging industry,” says Farmingdale State College President John S. Nader. “The partnership with Queens College couples Farmingdale’s cannabis program with Queens’ ability to reach populations who can most benefit from this new opportunity.

WHEN: Saturday, June 11, from 9:30 am – 5 pm

Student Union Building | First Floor – Faculty and Staff Lounge
Saturday, June 18, from 9:30 am – 5 pm

Student Union Building | Fourth Floor – Conference Room 403

WHERE: Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, NY 11367                             Directions | Campus Map

WHO: Faculty from the Farmingdale State College School of Business, and experts in the field, will lead the sessions.

About Queens CollegeQueens College produces more education graduates who become principals, teachers, and counselors for the city’s public schools than any other college in the metropolitan area. The college contributes to the local talent pool as a powerful economic engine and a leader in tech education. Students from across the country and around the world are attracted to study at the Aaron Copland School of Music. Its renowned faculty and alumni include nationally recognized composers, conductors, and performers who have received over 100 Grammy Awards and nominations.

Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. With its graduate and undergraduate degrees, honors programs, and research and internship opportunities, the college helps its students realize their potential in countless ways, assisted by an accessible, award-winning faculty. Located on a beautiful, 80-acre campus in Flushing, the college has been cited by Princeton Review as one of America’s Best Value Colleges for five consecutive years, as well as being ranked a U.S. News and World Report Best College and Forbes Magazine Best Value College thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. Learn more at www.qc.cuny.edu.

About Farmingdale State College
Dedicated to student success, Farmingdale State College (FSC) is a recognized leader in applied learning. With nearly 10,000 students, FSC delivers exceptional student outcomes and opportunities through teaching, scholarship and applied research for Long Island, New York, and beyond. As the first institution of public higher education on Long Island and one of the largest institutions in the State University of New York system, FSC’s commitment to student-centered learning and inclusiveness is unparalleled, preparing graduates to be exemplary citizens equipped to excel in a competitive, diverse, and technically dynamic society. Farmingdale prepares emerging leaders in the growing technology, engineering, business, and health care fields and has long been a cornerstone of the region’s economy with 96% of graduates working in New York State and 75% working on Long Island. The College is home to the Broad Hollow Bioscience Park, which supports the development of biotech start-up companies and partners with surrounding businesses and research institutions along the vibrant Route 110 business corridor. FSC proudly hosts one of New York State’s leading Small Business Development Centers which provides professional business advisement, education, network resources, and advocates for small business and entrepreneurs. Learn more at www.farmingdale.edu.


Maria Matteo

Media and College Relations