Featured Staff of the Month: Ace Kisch

Ace & dogWhat is your role at Oaksterdam University?
I am Oaksterdam University’s IT Manager, Website Administrator, Graphic Designer, and Social Media Manager. I also work closely with our Admissions, Support, Marketing, and Horticulture teams. You’ll sometimes find me assisting or photographing our classes & horticulture labs.

How long have you been with OU?
I’ve been with OU since October 2014. I’m a graduate of the January 2014 Horticulture and Classic Semesters.

How you got involved in the industry?
I knew I wanted to play a larger role in the cannabis industry and community after growing my first cannabis plant in 2010. With no industry or retail experience, I had a difficult time finding a job, so I decided to attend OU in 2014. Shortly after graduating I was offered a job here at OU and have been here ever since!

What are some of the projects you’re working on now?
I am currently building the university’s new website which is planned to launch in the beginning of 2017. The new website will be mobile friendly and will host a more streamline knowledge/learning database for our followers and subscribers.

I am also helping create our new online courses which are currently undergoing some massive changes. We will be offering our Horticulture and Classic programs in an online format in 2017 which will be browser and mobile friendly. The online courses/platform will also offer a more user-friendly experience for current classroom students and alumni to access their materials, additional information, and resources.

We are also revamping all our course presentations, slides, and videos for use in our classrooms. We’ve recently purchased and installed a new projector that allows us to project in a larger, wider format. Students attending 2017 courses will be seeing these edits.

Expert tip for our readers?
One of the best ways to land a job in the cannabis industry is by wearing multiple hats. The ability to work multiple positions or to have experience in multiple subjects will help you tremendously in this industry. Most of your competition will be looking for growing, trimming, or budtending positions, so I highly suggest considering other positions as well (Marketing, Management, Design, Sales, Delivery, HR, Assisting, etc.).

Favorite part about Oaksterdam?
My favorite part about Oaksterdam is the face-to-face access to growers and attorneys with decades of experience. As both an alumnus and an employee, I’m extremely grateful to have a professional resource where I can get my specific (perhaps personal) horticulture and legal concerns and questions answered.

Anything else you’d like to share with our readers
If you are looking for a job in the cannabis industry, it is extremely important to have experience with modern technology and social media. Nearly all employers will require or expect you to have basic computer skills. If you are not tech-savvy or at least have some experience with computers and the internet, I highly suggest you take a local or online computer course to familiarize yourself. It is beneficial to be comfortable with using Microsoft Office (or Google Suite) as these are the basic tools that you will be using in office, business, dispensary, and garden settings. 

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