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How to Get a Job Growing Cannabis

How to Get a Job Growing Cannabis

Jobs in cannabis are booming, and professional cannabis growers are in demand. Keep reading to learn about what a professional cannabis grower does, what they need to know, their salary and job outlook, and how to get a job growing cannabis.

Professional cannabis growers work in cultivation facilities to grow plants from seed to harvest. There are numerous career paths within the cannabis cultivation industry. Positions range from entry-level trimmers to agronomists, plant breeders, lighting and ventilation consultants, integrated pest management experts, and cultivation directors.

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You’re Invited to the Event of the Decade

You’re Invited to the Event of the Decade

The world’s first cannabis college, Oaksterdam University, celebrates its 15th Anniversary by hosting a grand after-party for a sneak preview documentary screening at the 20th Annual Oakland International Film Festival (OIFF) of American Pot Story: Oaksterdam. Presented in partnership with Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), the event will take place on Sept. 24, 2022, at the legendary Fox Theater in Oakland, Calif. It will include a screening of the film followed by an after-party and Alumni reunion with confirmed attendance by politicians, press, cannabis industry legends, and celebrities …

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How To Become a Cannabis Extraction Technician

How To Become a Cannabis Extraction Technician

If you are looking for careers in cannabis, you will see plenty of job postings for cannabis extraction technicians.

Cannabis extraction is a complex, lab-based scientific process to separate cannabis into components used for various products. Cannabis extraction is how specific cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavanoids can be isolated from the plant to produce profitable manufactured products.

If you dream of combining your love of science with a passion for cannabis, this might be the career for you. Learn more here …

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Oaksterdam Partners With Golden Gate University

Oaksterdam Partners With Golden Gate University

Oaksterdam University is pleased to announce an exciting educational partnership with Golden Gate University. The partnership allows students to transfer credits from Oaksterdam Certification Courses toward their Bachelor’s Degree at GGU. It is the first partnership of its kind.

OU graduates may transfer up to 18 credits of corresponding OU courses toward their accredited degree. Learn more here …

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Dale Sky Jones on The Weed Tube

Dale Sky Jones on The Weed Tube

Oaksterdam University Executive Chancellor Dale Sky Jones sat down during G4Live for a “Watch and Sesh” with Arend Richard, co-founder and creative director of The Weed Tube.

The pair talked about some fun stuff like what Dale originally wanted to be when she grew up, her go-to karaoke song (NOT!), star signs, and Volcano vaporizers.

They also discussed serious topics like descheduling, the raid on Oaksterdam, social justice in cannabis, and OU’s reimagined curriculum.

Watch the video here …

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Authors Dish on “Cooking With Cannabinoids” 

Authors Dish on “Cooking With Cannabinoids” 

Truffle linguine with a poached egg may sound delicious, but it’s also rich in cannabinoids, compounds that can modulate pain, inflammation, and other ailments. 

Learn how to make this dish and how everyday ingredients can heal the body inside and out as Oaksterdam University hosts “Cooking with Cannabinoids” at 6 p.m. PST/9 p.m. EST Thursday, June 16, 2022. 

The public is welcome to the live webinar, which will feature a cooking demonstration and chat with the authors of “The Cannabinoid Cookbook.”

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Virtual Field Trip: Alibi Cannabis

Virtual Field Trip: Alibi Cannabis

Oaksterdam students and alumni recently took a virtual field trip to Alibi Cannabis in Portland, Ore. Read the recap of our tour through the state-of-the-art grow operation and the equipment they use to cultivate their amazing craft cannabis.

If you are a business wishing to host an OU virtual field trip, contact OU Lead Facilitator Samira Hasib at facilitator@oaksterdamuniversity.com, or (510) 251-1544. Alumni are welcome to reach out to Samira to join our next tour!

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Dale & Jeff Jones on Cannabis Talk 101

Dale & Jeff Jones on Cannabis Talk 101

Dale Sky Jones, Executive Chancellor of Oaksterdam University, and her husband Jeff Jones, Head of Oaksterdam University Horticulture Department, appeared on the Cannabis Talk 101 podcast during G4 Live. Listen as they talk about OU’s vision, ethics, standards, and why they are passionate about education as a pathway to establishing a safe and equitable cannabis industry.

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How to Deschedule Cannabis

How to Deschedule Cannabis

In the debate over cannabis legalization, one of the critical questions is whether cannabis should be rescheduled to a lower schedule or descheduled altogether, removing it from the Controlled Substances Act schedule of drugs. Many advocates, including Oaksterdam University, believe that cannabis must be descheduled. Here’s background on how that can be done at the federal level and how you can help.

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Dale Sky Jones in Rolling Stone Culture Council

Dale Sky Jones in Rolling Stone Culture Council

Oaksterdam University Chancellor Dale Sky Jones is an Official Member of the Rolling Stone Culture Council, an invitation-only network of professionals who share their insights. Dale is frequently asked her opinion on topics relevant to cannabis, business and culture. Here are some excerpts from recent features …

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Alumni Feature: Indigenous Tribe Learns from OU

Alumni Feature: Indigenous Tribe Learns from OU

We are so proud of our alumna Rainbow Chavis, CMO of Shinnecock Hemp Growers, for her achievements since graduating from Oaksterdam University.

Rainbow’s work building connections between Indigenous traditions and the modern world of commercial cannabis and hemp was recently featured in a wonderful article by Michael Giotis in the East Bay Express.

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How to Become a Budtender

How to Become a Budtender

In the fast-growing cannabis industry, budtending is a great entry point for a variety of career paths. A budtender job may be up your alley if you enjoy constantly learning about trends and research in cannabis, working in a fast-paced environment, and helping others.

Oaksterdam University coined the term “budtender,” and offers the most respected Budtending Certification program in the nation.

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Hot Seeds to Grow in 2022

Hot Seeds to Grow in 2022

Oaksterdam’s own Horticulture Expert Jeff Jones was featured in the High Times article “Hot Cannabis Seeds to Grow in 2022.” High Times Editor in Chief Ellen Holland checked in with “three ganja growing all-stars” for the piece. Here’s what Jeff had to say …

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Weed Work: OU in East Bay Express

Weed Work: OU in East Bay Express

Oaksterdam is featured in the East Bay Express article “Weed Work: Oaksterdam University is Still Driving Force for Equity in
Cannabis”
. The story, which appeared on April 20, 2022, talks about OU’s roots in Oakland, Calif., its move to a virtual campus, and efforts in the equity space. Here’s an excerpt …

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Oaksterdam Cannabis Terminology Style Guide

Oaksterdam Cannabis Terminology Style Guide

More media is reporting on cannabis than ever before, requiring common-use definitions of the terms and concepts core to writing about the complexities of cannabis. Until now there have been no common style standards for writing about this subject. 

This style guide is designed for use in academia and by any journalist, reporter, writer, or public relations professional. It was composed and edited by the experts at Oaksterdam University and will evolve with use, so we welcome your feedback, input, questions, and requests for clarification.

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Oaksterdam Cannabis Content Review Service

Oaksterdam Cannabis Content Review Service

Need fact-checking or experts to review your content before you publish? Oaksterdam University is proud to announce our new Oaksterdam Cannabis Content Review Service. We invite any journalist, reporter, writer, or public relations professional to submit their cannabis-related work for expert review. Contact media@oaksterdamuniversity.com to inquire.

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Announcing: New Home Grow Course

Announcing: New Home Grow Course

Oaksterdam University is excited to launch Home Grow — a brand new self-paced virtual course designed especially for the DIY cultivator that provides aspiring cannabis growers with the tools needed to successfully achieve their home cultivation goals, whatever they may be. This course covers essential preparation, equipment, growing media, the plant’s life cycle, nutrient and water needs, pests and pathogens, lighting, harvesting, processing, home extraction, sustainability, and more. The knowledge applies to indoor and outdoor grows of all sizes.  

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The Long Game: Intro to Home Grow

The Long Game: Intro to Home Grow

I walked into Oaksterdam University for the first time in January of 2016. I was nervous while I looked around the classroom. A gentleman closer to my age stepped toward me and asked, “What brings you here?” My answer was vague while being completely on point, “I need help.” My wife, Karen, was sick, and we had begun an unexpected journey in our life together, with an uncertain future. We had decided that I was going to learn how to grow the medical cannabis she needed, and she was going to learn how to process that cannabis into pills and tinctures …

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Faculty Spotlight: Jeffrey Hickey, Home Grow Expert

Faculty Spotlight: Jeffrey Hickey, Home Grow Expert

Meet Oaksterdam University Instructor Jeffrey Hickey. He has had a colorful career as an author, storyteller, and educator before “living the life of the retired dope farmer.” As we prepare to launch our newest course, Home Grow, we caught up with him to talk about his cannabis journey, and why he was compelled to help write the Home Grow curriculum. 

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