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LSU Shreveport Introduces "Careers in Cannabis" Course for Spring 2021

January 13, 2021

Shreveport, LA – Louisiana State University in Shreveport will offer a “Careers in Cannabis” course beginning in the Spring of 2021. The legal cannabis industry is predicted to outpace all other industries in terms of job growth by 2030, and LSUS wants to be at the forefront regionally for education surrounding this new emerging market.

“Our mission as an institution of higher education is to ensure we are preparing people in this region to be successful in their future careers,” said Dr. Julie Lessiter, Ed.D., Vice Chancellor of Strategic Initiatives for Louisiana State University Shreveport. “We are offering this course to gauge the level of interest in the community, and to also provide a much-needed discussion and education around the topic of the legal cannabis industry.”

The four-week course starts in February and will meet twice a week. A livestreaming option will be available for those who cannot attend in person, or who are uncomfortable being in the classroom setting in the current pandemic. Topics covered by local industry specialists will include growing hemp, basic plant biology, basic and clinical research on cannabinoids, jobs, laws and regulations, and the marketing of products made with cannabis. Based on the level of interest there may be future more specialized courses and for-credit programs in Chemistry, Law, Business, Agriculture, and more.

Three canna-tech companies currently operate in Shreveport at InterTech-1. Expansion of these companies with a qualified workforce is paramount, not only to the success of the company, but also to new workforce development opportunities that will form in this region around the cannabis industry.

For Zoom or phone interviews with Chancellor Clark or Vice Chancellor Lessiter, contact Wendell Riley, Director of Media and External Relations at LSUS at or by calling 318-797-5108.

Founded in 1967, Louisiana State University Shreveport offers a wide array of nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including a doctoral degree. The university’s mission is to educate a diverse population of graduate and undergraduate students; engage in regional and global thought leadership through community collaboration and service; and innovate to enhance the application of knowledge and intellectual discovery through faculty and student research and creative endeavors.

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